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Overall Rating
3.25

Awesome: 16.67%
Worth A Look: 25%
Average37.5%
Pretty Bad: 8.33%
Total Crap: 12.5%

1 review, 18 user ratings



Jungle Fever
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by Greg Muskewitz

"A different viewing experience for all."
3 stars

Jungle Fever is Spike Lee's exploration, foremost, of the blacks' interest in whites, and the whites' interest in blacks.

And by whites, here they are represented by Italians. Wesley Snipes has an affair with Annabella Sciorra, and the negative reactions that follow. Along the way, we also have John Turturro, who is dumped by Sciorra, crash the racial barrier, and Samuel L. Jackson as Snipes' crack-head older brother who's always out trying to get a freehand out. The key to making Jungle Fever work for you, is perspective. Each person, especially depending on race, is going to have a different reaction to this. It will piss some off, and others won't care, but as head-turning or controversial as Lee wants to be, so often here he comes of trying to be an instigator (like so many of the characters) instead of actually saying something about it and offering any wise words about it, and that is especially pertinent with the weak ending and horribly ridiculous and inane final shot. I believe that Lee has some interesting things to say about it, but he gets too weighted down by the dubiousness of it all. He brings up some interesting things throughout, a tout force, but never sticks with them successively. Instead, he loads on the whole community of major and important black actors, many for which just small cameos or bit parts, including himself. Snipes' character is misunderstood, but he is not a very likable character, and Snipes himself is almost as stiff as the suits that he wears. Jackson's character was not at all anything likable either, but he was convincing and had a much stronger presence. Sciorra was only partially there, but Turturro does not let down. Rarely does he ever. One interesting technique that Lee employs, twice I think, is when the characters go for a walk, they are shot like disembodied roamers as the camera films them from below. The background is moving, but it just seems as if the actors are floating.

Final Verdict: C+.

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User Comments

5/19/08 jointz Definitely one of Lee's most important movies of the '90's. 5 stars
9/01/07 Scott Swearingen A very uneven film about a serious suject. the worst movie music I have ever suffered thru 3 stars
12/05/06 Bitchflaps Some of the drama works, some of it doesn't. A bit overwraught, but Snipes is great 3 stars
3/12/06 ernest armstead great true life actions by races 5 stars
7/07/05 Isaac Baranoff Pretty good 4 stars
6/20/04 Naomi Landy all of these people havin negative comments. did not get the concept. 4 stars
2/18/04 john one of Spike Lee's best films - thoughtful, tender but also shocking and at times brutal 5 stars
3/13/03 Andy T Don't u people have anything better to say than "moron" or "racist"-- don't be so SHALLOW! 4 stars
11/05/02 Senator Blutarsky I am dummer for hjaving sat through this peice of human cow-flop 1 stars
10/09/02 Kitfo a flawed film, but still by turns engaging, funny, and disturbing 4 stars
9/30/02 monica spike lee is a freaking moron 1 stars
11/18/01 SARA PIRESTANI NOT GOOD 2 stars
10/30/01 Kelly Spike Lee is racist and hypocritical. 2 stars
9/05/01 Butterbean A movie that missed it's mark on the topic of interracial romance and naming his characters 3 stars
7/29/01 JesseL Spike Lee doesn't know anything, especially Italians. He is a pampered punk. 1 stars
2/16/01 Soggy Bottom Boy One of Lee's better works, the acting is sizzling across the board, even bit parts. 5 stars
8/20/99 Japtalian Spike knows New York, Spike knows Italians. Samuel L. is superb. Halle Berry is that You? 4 stars
10/15/98 Bluntman Interesting and entertaining, but flawed 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Feb-1991 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Jul-1991 (M)


Directed by
  Spike Lee

Written by
  Spike Lee

Cast
  Wesley Snipes
  Anabella Sciorra
  Spike Lee
  Ossie Davis
  Ruby Dee
  Samuel L. Jackson



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