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The latest in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn series (which also include SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME), RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster—until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he'd ever imagined.

Special Features

  • Director’s Commentary by Spike Lee
  • Music Video
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Limary Agosto, Sumayya Ali, Turron Kofi Alleyne, De'Adre Aziza, Jonathan Batiste
    • Directors: Spike Lee
    • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Blu-ray
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Image Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2012
    • Run Time: 121 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B009GPH3Q4
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ramona L. Hyman on November 22, 2012
    Format: DVD
    Right now I am meditating upon Spike Lee's film "Red Hook Summer." This film--preaches red, walks red, uncovers an evil church red "rat" that needs to be corrected by the community. The implicit recognition that something is very wrong in the African American church experience is this film's thesis and its "rat." Mookie (Spike Lee), i.e., knows that; therefore, he will deliver pizza, but he will not attend "Old Timers Day." And it seems Spike Lee intends to right the wrong by telling and giving voice to an African American story that is often silenced by church members. Loving preachers can be flawed and one of their flaws may be molesting boys. The film calls for a right of the wrong that has been placed in a community. Oh it seems that the wrong is a poor community; it seems that the wrong is a vegan man-child who may not believe in God. In the inner sanctuary of the wrong, the wounded (as well as those who inflict the wounds) function. "Red Hook Summer" begs for a response. This is it: There is a need for a healing altar in the African American church experience, especially as it relates to down-low preachers who molest children. This healing call is beautifully woven into the film by African American church music that moves, that flows through the film like spiritually imbued jazz. "Red Hook Summer" forces me to engage in an interior conversation with myself. How does a religious community heal when it is wounded by its church leaders? The healing is in discovery. A community discovers the real identity of its man of the cloth, its preacher man. A boy-child discovers his Grandfather has features of the devil he preaches about.Read more ›
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    9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Turner on January 10, 2013
    Format: Blu-ray
    I remember a day when a Spike Lee movie would come out and critics would fall all over themselves to talk about what a genius he was. I would see these same movies and think they were well made and interesting but nothing near as special as they seemed to think they were. Then things began to change. Lee's new movies weren't getting near the attention his earlier works did and he became known more for his outrageous comments than his films. If he continues to make movies like this I can see that continuing.

    REDHOOK SUMMER takes place in the now familiar Lee territory of Redhook, Brooklyn. Young Flick is forced by his mother to arrive in Redhook to spend the summer with his religious grandfather Enoch, a pastor of a church there. Coming from a middle class home where he has his own food and non-stop use of his Ipad 2, Flick grumbles about wanting to go home and hates the situation he's in.

    Enoch doesn't cow tow to the boy and makes the food he normally does. He also has Flick work for him in the church, taking care of the building and handing out pamphlets. It is at the church that Flick makes his only new friend, a young girl named Chazz who takes no guff from Flick and who speaks her mind frequently.

    Flick seems like the most naive character on the face of the Earth. Walking around the tough neighborhood of Brooklyn he flaunts his Ipad constantly never fearing that it will be stolen from him. When he meets the gang on the street, The Bloods, he doesn't flinch or act like he might be in any jeopardy while his grandfather gives them their space. He might try to convince them to change their ways and accept God but he knows better than to push their buttons.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady on August 2, 2013
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    Realism at its best. I liked the characters. The young boy in the film was very good. A very real situation depicted in the movie. Go Mookie!!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tara G on May 17, 2015
    Format: DVD
    I have just finished watching this movie Red Hook Summer.

    The story of a young teenager sent to spend the summer with an unknown grandfather whom we learn is a pastor at a small church in Red Hook Brooklyn, shows the viewers there is more to this area's characters than we (along with the characters!) see from day to day basis. This should clue you into what is hidden, you never know what someone is hiding or running from and why! The various characters (along with several cameos: Mookie, Nola Darling, the Deacon who is Chazz's uncle, a couple of church attendees, the cop) provide a sense of what and how this community lives. Some are seen as "saviors" and others are seen as lost or the "devil" has a hold on them. At the end, you really get to find out never judge a book by its cover!

    I like the atmosphere of Red Hook Summer because it brings me back to my childhood of watching movie Crooklyn. There is even a gesture that Chazz does which is copied from a character from that movie, this brought a smile to my face. The acting is reminiscent of Crooklyn, some actors and actresses (especially the children and a few adults) could work on their skills BUT why? That is what brings in the authentic feel of bringing the movie to life. And the other actresses and actors with their great acting showcase their talents which bringing together both I feel allows a sense of real community for these characters in this fictitious story.

    My overall view of the movie is no one is ever who they claim to be, their past involves secrets along with forgiveness of sorts. I definitely love how the ending occurred because I can see the two children growing up and possibly a future movie will feature them. My rating is out of ten stars, I give seven.
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