She's Gotta Have It (1986)

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Despite the suggestive title, what "she" has got to have is control over her own body, her own love life, and her own life in general in this breakthrough debut feature by celebrated director Spike Lee. A trio of semi-losers are in one way or another after exclusive control of the heartstrings of Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns). Jamie (Redmond Hicks) is the sensitive but possessive type, while the other two run the gamut between Greer (John Terrell) a narcissistic hunk who models for a living … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Spike Lee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2008
Runtime:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast


as Nola Darling

as Jamie Overstreet

as Greer Childs

as Mars Blackman, Mars ...

as Opal Gilstrap

as Greer Childs

as Clorinda Bradford

as Dr. Jamison

as Sonny Darling

as Receptionist

as Soundman

as Female Walk-On

as Dog 2 (as Lewis Jord...

as Dog 5
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Critic Reviews for She's Gotta Have It

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

All the elements of an interesting yarn are implicit here -- save one: a compelling central figure

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

This delightful low-budget comedy, with its all black cast and black humour, is 100 per cent Lee.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film probes important and intriguing questions, even if the characters are not explored as thoroughly as they might have been.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Made for less than $30,000, Lee's first feature posed him as a mid-80s rival to Woody Allen, nearly equaling him in the psychological authenticity of his characters and perhaps bettering him in grace and virtuosity and sheer creative glee.

Full Review… | April 15, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Light, scrappy entertainment that flatters everything funky and fresh about Lee, tempting you to forgive what is stunted or abrasive in the film. A major swaying element is his own on-screen persona.

Full Review… | July 11, 2011
Nick's Flick Picks

Combining humor, drama, and documentary techniques, Lee has created an energetic film that takes an unflinching look at modern sexuality -- specifically black sexuality.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for She's Gotta Have It

½

Spike Lee's debut feature is a racially orientated sex comedy examining attitudes within a love triangle of black suburbanites. Some witty lines but it's a little affected and self-absorbed, and it often feels like an african-american rip off of a Woody Allen film. Not bad though.

garyX
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½

Yeah, the performances don't always hit the mark - at times Tracy Camilla Jones (in her only starring role) and Tommy Redmond Hicks come off a little too 'actorly' - but it's just fine when put into context of Spike Lee giving it his all as his calling card, including a dance number IN COLOR! Thank you, Ernest Dickerson. Hell, even some 25 or so years later the documentary aspect, which has been aped by countless films and TV shows, is fresh and fun, especially with the "Dogs" giving the pick-up lines.

And of course there's Mars Blackmon himself...

Please baby please, baby baby please please!

I loved the Black & White cinematography and Lee's style in this film (which is his first) but I honestly didn't enjoy watching this as much as I wanted to. The all black cast did a great job in this but their characters aren't the most likable to me.

tmannamt
Tino Raiford

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