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Credit must also be given to Eddie Griffin and Lisa Nicole Carson. The former adds a little humor to an otherwise starkly grim and realistic story while the latter serves as Lyric's "muse".
Also, the casting of the actors Sean Hutchinson and Burleigh Moore that played younger versions of Payne and Woodbine is commendable. Besides being extremely talented, they LOOK the part.
As others have commented, the "acting" during the intimate scenes makes this film definitely for the adult.
Allen Payne and Jada Pinkett give the best performances of their careers in this story of a man coming to terms with his troubled past while trying to help his brother (Bookeem Woodbine) who has just got out of prison. One day at work he finds his true love Lyric (Jada Pinkett) who wants to help him achieve his dream of a better life. He gets several chances, but is forced to turn them down because of his obligation to his brother. In a climatic conflict with his brother, Jason stops being his brother's keeper and resolves his personal issues. Jason achieves his dream and moves on with Lyric.
The script is well written; characters are well defined and have more dimensions than shown on the surface. The choices they make in their to change lives feel natural and not forced. Allen Payne makes you feel Jason's pain while Jada Pinkett shows us Lyric's love and compassion. Both Payne and Pinkett deserve better than what Hollywood has offered them currently, when given quality material they shine. Bokeem Woodbine makes you feel sorry for Jason's brother; you hate what he does, not him. Other noteworthy performances include Suzanne Douglas and Forrest Whitaker as Jason's Parents, and the two child actors who play young Jason and his brother. The production values are top notch on this film; I don't know why critics roasted this movie. It is very well done and should have been nominated for some Oscars.
This film has quite a few steamy love scenes; this film is not for kids. However, adults will find this to be a powerful and moving story full of hope character and courage.
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I purchased it for a friend and she loved the movie so well through the years so I rate it a 5 star for her.Published 11 days ago by Gypse
Still very intense film after all these years..a highlite!!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is my favorite movie. The copy that I had was vhs, and I wanted the DVD so bad. Totally satisfied!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer