She Hate Me (2004)



Critic Consensus: She Hate Me can't decide if it wants to be a commentary on corporate greed or a sex farce.

Movie Info

Harvard-educated biotech executive John Henry "Jack" Armstrong gets fired when he informs on his bosses, launching an investigation into their business dealings by the Securities & Exchange Commission. Branded a whistle-blower and therefore unemployable, Jack desperately needs to make a living. When his former girlfriend Fatima, a high powered businesswoman--and now a lesbian--offers him cash to impregnate her and her new girlfriend Alex, Jack is persuaded by the chance to make "easy" money. … More

Rating: R (for strong graphic sexuality/nudity, language and a scene of violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Genet, Spike Lee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2005
Box Office: $81.4k
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


as John Henry `Jack' Ar...

as Fatima Goodrich

as Margo Chadwick

as Simona Bonasera

as Geronimo Armstrong

as Judge Buchanan

as Chairman Church

as Leland Powell

as Lottie Armstrong

as Vada Huff

as Alex Guerrero

as Don Angelo Bonasera

as Frank Wills

as Dr. Herman Schiller

as Agent Flood

as Gloria Reid

as Jamal Armstrong

as Lucy Armstrong

as Nino Bonasera

as Rocco Bonasera

as Franco Bonasera

as Ruth Lacey

as Senator Jacobs

as Detective Boyd

as Mr. Jennings

as G. Gordon Liddy

as H.R. Haldeman

as John Erlichman

as Richard Nixon

as Jeb Stuart Magruder

as Oliver North

as Klansman

as Midwife

as Sgt. Leper

as James Mccord

as Eugenio Martinez

as Virgilio Gonzalez

as Bernard Baker

as Frank Sturgis

as Michelle

as Eugenio Martinez

as Detective Sholler

as Detective Barret

as Bank President

as Flood's Partner

as NY1 Field Reporter

as Officer No. 1

as Officer No. 2

as German Pastor

as Bodyguard

as Federal Correction O...

as Police Officer

as Oni's Girlfriend

as Nadiyah's Girlfriend

as Evelyn's Girlfriend

as Ruby's Girlfriend

as Federal Correction O...

as Song's Girlfriend

as Fifi's Girlfriend

as Stacey's Girlfriend

as Jo's Girlfriend

as Michelle's Girlfrien...

as Karen's Girlfriend

as Norna's Girlfriend

as Doris's Girlfriend

as Rachel's Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for She Hate Me

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (41)

Succeeds in finding something to offend almost everybody.

Full Review… | September 3, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

She Hate Me isn't subversive, it's insipid.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

This extremely graphic movie is not for kids.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

"She Hate Me" is just as tongue-tied as its ridiculous title.

Full Review… | July 12, 2010

Com idéias interessantes o bastante para render três filmes, Spike Lee realiza um filme assustadoramente caótico e sem foco para um cineasta com sua experiência.

July 8, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Tighter focus would have incited the fury that She Hate Me's ambition demands. It's left saying too much but not enough.

| March 1, 2005
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Audience Reviews for She Hate Me


Spike Lee is aiming for too many things here, in some is a hit, in others are a miss. The first half builds up around the usual relationships stuff, then the second half forgets about the first and goes into a socio-political-commentary rampage. Also the movie depends on just way too many wishifull thinking and "happy coincidences" to work properly and be convincing. If only Spike cut it off the political stuff, his movies would be actually a lot better. John Turturo's character, and all his dialogues and scenes were like if Spike was doing a parody of Do the Right Thing.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Aloha, Spike, what is up with this? No worry, shrimp curry, I've had some dry spells myself.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "She Hate Me", John Henry Armstrong(Anthony Mackie) is a 31-year old single vice-president at an up and coming biotech company. He is sad because he is not yet a father. He is even sadder when his friend, Dr. Shiller, jumps out of his 40th floor office to his death. A new wonder drug that the company has been promoting as a possible vaccine for AIDS has been denied approval by the FDA. There is a cover-up to prop up the stock price but Armstrong decides to blow the whistle. He is promptly fired, has his assets frozen and is under investigation by the SEC. Armstrong's ex-girlfriend, Fatima(Kerry Washington), who left him for another woman, just happens to pop back into his life with an offer he cannot refuse - father her child, her lover's child and any other lesbians within a 30-mile radius they can find in exchange for $10,000 for every pregnancy. Meanwhile, there is an unprecedented turkey baster shortage...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Spike Lee started off as a provocative young filmmaker with plenty to say on matters of race in America. Early on in his career, he made two great movies - "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X." But the quality of his films have fallen as of late - "Summer of Sam" is an interesting mess; "Bamboozled" is much too heavy handed and could have used a lighter touch and "25th Hour" misses an easy shot to take on the draconian New York Rockefeller drug laws. [/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"She Hate Me" consists of a whole morass of ideas gone horribly awry:[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]One of the targets is capitalism but if that is so, then why focus on an executive instead of somebody of more proletarian status. Wouldn't a vice-president have some responsibility for his company's shenanigans?[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Hints about personal responsibility abound. The movie certainly disapproves of the whole pregnancy scheme and refers to it as immoral but Armstrong is providing a valuable service for which he is amply compensated. [/font] And the Bible did say,"Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth." Genesis 9:1.

And then there is the asinine Mafia subplot...

Also, the sperm were funnier in "Everything You Always You Wanted to Know about Sex..."

In conclusion, the movie might have worked if it had been simpler, shorter, and much more realistic and down to earth. At the end of the day, I'm not even sure what Spike Lee was trying to say.

Note: Ossie Davis also appeared in a few episodes of "The L Word" which had a much more credible pregnant lesbian subplot. His roles in "She Hate Me" and "The L Word" were some of his last roles before he died.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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