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Black Butterfly

3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Ariel (Mahogany Monae), a talented and strong willed inner city high school student, who dreams of making the U.S. swim team, sees her entire life turned upside down after being victimized by a brutal event. Shocked and angered by what has happened, Ariel's family, friends and coach join together to seek their own justice and take revenge on the perpetrator. Bonus Feature: Making-of-Featurette

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  • Actors: Mahogany Monae, Richard Gallion, Lionel Gentle, Sheree Bynum, Keeland Ellis
  • Directors: Mark Harris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006MHZHG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 20, 2012
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There is a confident matter-of-factness that serves the understated appeal of Mark Harris' "Black Butterfly" quite well. In its quiet moments, the film does a good job establishing a believable and supportive middle class family. The story revolves around Mahogany Monae as a promising high school swimmer with dreams of Olympic glory. She is a good student, an ideal daughter, a loving influence on her disabled brother, and a loyal girlfriend. The early sequences in the film really get you to appreciate Monae as a character and her interactions with those around her stand in a very positive light. In many ways, you know that this idyllic world must be headed for a speed bump. Soon, the girl's entire existence is going to be shattered by a random act of violence and this event will have long range repercussions on all that love her.

The set-up of "Black Butterfly" is both simple and effective. While the dialogue and performances do have moments where they come across as stilted, it is easy to forgive such things in this low budget endeavor. When tragedy strikes, the initial reactions to it are handled well and Monae does a good job juggling the conflict. Also of note, the actor that plays her father maintains a nice balance. They handle the difficult material with quite a bit of sensitivity, and that is a great thing. But the movie makes a few glaring missteps that all but derail the subtle effectiveness of its strong points. From the small (Monae is never a convincing swimmer and the Olympic side plot feels poorly conceived) to the large (the villain is drawn in such aggressively broad strokes, he is more caricature than human), the movie made it impossible to fully connect with the emotional core.
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i rented this from redbox expecting it to be corny or just stupid and i really enjoyed it, it had a coupla corny moments but it is worth purchsing. I liked it way better than i expected and it was well worth the rental price.
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While the writing was, at times, overwrought and preachy, the performances were solid.

I was particularly impressed with the Mahogany Monae and Lionel Gentle. Monae, while a bit old for her role and Gentle, a bit young for his, delivered nuanced performances, in spite of the heavy handedness of the script.

While the subject matter is tough to watch, I was impressed with the movie overall and would recommend it.
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This was a heart wrenching, thought provoking and what family is all about movie. It was sad how authorities take advantage of people and especially their own people. The ending threw me but it brought a smile to my face. EXCELLENT film ♥
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I was very disappointed in this movie. It just fell flat to me. I didn't realize before hand that it was such a low budget movie also. Bad acting, poor writing, poor direction, poor character development. Sad also because it dealt with such a serious subject matter. Thumbs down.
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Very pleased with transaction. I liked the movie, but some of the acting was rather terrible. However, the storyline itself really kept me glued to the screen. Very sad ending though. Recommend watching!
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This is a must see movie. It is very enlightening about behavior changes in women who have been battered or rapped. All parents need to see this it is a great collection for anyones movie library. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My son recommended it to me and I am glad I took his advise and watched it.
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The movie is like a story on showing what's around to know how to meet the people you might not see them as kind they turn to be even if they're bad or good. Just have to trust the people that really care about and never do anything to you, always try to be careful at anyone who would be good in & outside or the wrong people who could do wrong stuff to you.
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