O (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Though well-intentioned and serious in its exploration of teen violence, O is an uneven experiment that doesn't quite succeed.


Movie Info

Deep in the American South, NBA hopeful Odin James is the only black student at an elite private school. Playing point guard, Odin is a basketball scout's dream, possessing the talent to go straight from high school to the pros. Odin not only enjoys widespread popularity with the students, he is dating the beautiful Desi Brable, daughter of Dean Brable. Odin's best friend, Hugo Goulding, is a starting forward on the basketball team and the son of Coach Duke Goulding. Hugo is bitterly envious of … More

Rating: R (for violence, a scene of strong sexuality, language and drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Kaaya
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2002
Box Office: $15.5M
Runtime:
Lions Gate Films - Official Site

Cast


as Odin `O' James

as Hugo Goulding

as Desi Brable

as Roger Rodriguez

as Michael Casio

as Dean Bob Brable

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as Assistant Coach

as Dutchman Player

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as Scout No. 1

as T.V. Announcer

as Radio Announcer

as Ms. Serney

as Woman Score Keeper

as Mr. Bradley

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Critic Reviews for O

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (33)

This arty melodrama is not likely to make teenage America get down with Shakespeare.

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Newsweek
Top Critic

This transferral of the tragedy of the Moor to a contempo American high school is something that never should have gone further than a class assignment to see if it could be made to work.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Credit, none the less, to the film-makers' game, unpatronising approach, and to Phifer and Stiles as compelling innocents.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The presence of old lags Martin Sheen and John Heard just beggars belief. What were they thinking?

Full Review… | July 6, 2008
Film4

It's highly enjoyable and well acted, with the Iago figure better motivated than in the original play, no single line of which has been retained except for the odd echo.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Observer [UK]

Helmer Nelson has fashioned a clever premise, helped along by a smart ensemble that manages to highlight Shakespeare's work without parodying it--no small accomplishment.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for O

½

As I watched this movie I remembered that I had seen it before, I hate it when that happens.

purplemegan
Megan S

Super Reviewer

Nothing comes between two people's love, like one person's jealously.

ScoopOnline
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Actually a really great translation that didn't make a mockery of Shakespeare's work. Josh Harnett played a great Iago. It's interesting that this left more of a lasting impression on me that reading the play. Seeing all these things happen (especially when making the characters younger) really allows you to see the true sense of the meaning tragedy.

ythelastman89
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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