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Overall Rating
3.86

Awesome42.86%
Worth A Look: 7.14%
Average42.86%
Pretty Bad: 7.14%
Total Crap: 0%

1 review, 8 user ratings



Jason's Lyric
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by Greg Muskewitz

"No sweet melody."
3 stars

The title is a possessional one, as in George’s Lisa, or Harry’s Elizabeth. In this case, Jason is the straight-laced black adult, haunted from the childhood memory of killing his father—a drunken Vietnam vet—unintentionally during a fight with his mother.

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Jason’s Lyric. The title is a possessional one, as in George’s Lisa, or Harry’s Elizabeth. In this case, Jason is the straight-laced black adult, haunted from the childhood memory of killing his father—a drunken Vietnam vet—unintentionally during a fight with his mother. Jason has a younger brother, and as time has told, he’s perpetually found himself in trouble with the law, a veritable wannabe hoodlum. Issues of domesticity transpose from mostly familial concerns to love concerns once the dogmatic but easily wooed Lyric steps into the picture. The romance itself is a pretty light one, only transitorily heightened with a banal montage of sex on the bayou or an intermezzo on an abandoned bridge, but like Jason’s problem with his brother, the movie can’t shed the harrowing and plodding presence of his contributions/detractions. Doug McHenry’s film is often too shadowed by that element, though his mission to present these black characters as individuals instead of lumped stereotypes usually is successful, if not always consistent. The generic ending is weak and not surprising, but it carries little impact considering its implications. Even though Jason’s Lyric is sometimes a strain to watch, the performances bring it over, as does McHenry’s generally steadfast direction.

With Allen Payne Jada Pinkett, Bokeem Woodbine, Eddie Griffin and Forest Whitaker.

Final Verdict: C+.

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User Comments

11/09/11 Jeff Wilder Story familiar. But still draws you in. 4 stars
6/23/10 PAUL SHORTT OVERCOOKED AND HALF-BAKED 2 stars
1/27/09 Shaun Wallner Awesome Story! 5 stars
9/22/03 li great movie! 5 stars
3/03/03 paul scheidt it is the best jada pinkett film ever made 5 stars
9/03/02 Ebony It's Good 5 stars
12/02/01 asdf really good 5 stars
11/13/01 Charles Tatum surprising good, and hot 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Sep-1994 (R)

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