"Extra stars for not being 'zany', but nothing outstanding."
Let's start this by saying that in general I can't stand Afro-American comedies. Nothing personal you understand, but in general they seem to come up to the comedic standard of a Tom Arnold film. The "WB'ing" of black comedy in Hollywood could either be a subversive plot to weaken the black film industry, or it could be guys taking the easy way out and aiming their films at the lowest common denominator - either way, films like Sprung, Booty Call, The Wash and How High just don't do it for me. In fact, they kind of offend me.Black filmmakers get precious little chance to get a decent budget film off the ground these days, so when they waste those few chances by spouting shit that wouldn't even rate on Monday night TV, then I figure that evil's afoot. But lately the cream has risen to the top. Soul Food, He Got Game, Barbershop and this one, Love Jones, are not aimed at the dumb. They don't seek giggles from the slowest common denominator. And while Love Jones isn't at the top of that short list outlined above, it's on it and that's a pretty freaking good start.
This film has the cool of Spike, it has humor enough, and it has romance to top it off. You wouldn't call it a comedy. You wouldn't call it a romance. You’d just call it a solid flick, and that puts it about nine miles ahead of How High.
Storywise, it's basically guy meets girl, girl and guy don't quite hit it off, then they do. Performance-wise, nobody disappoints. Former basketballer Isaiah Washington is prominent and doesn't shame himself.Love Jones is a smart film. It uses poetry instead of hood-talk, uses jazz instead of hip-hop and, thankfully, nobody is overtly "zany". This is the Miles Davis of 90's Afro-American film. It's cool, it's smooth, it's a little bit romantic, and it’s just different enough to be considered an original.