She Hate Me

2004

She Hate Me (2004)

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

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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. Word spreads and soon Jack is in the baby-making business at $10,000 a try. Lesbians with a desire for motherhood and the cash to spare are lining up to seek his services. But, between the attempts by his former employers to frame him for security fraud and his dubious fathering activities, Jack finds his life, all at once, becoming very complicated.

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Cast

Anthony Mackie
as John Henry `Jack' Armstrong
Kerry Washington
as Fatima Goodrich
Ellen Barkin
as Margo Chadwick
Monica Bellucci
as Simona Bonasera
Jim Brown
as Geronimo Armstrong
Ossie Davis
as Judge Buchanan
Brian Dennehy
as Chairman Church
Woody Harrelson
as Leland Powell
Lonette McKee
as Lottie Armstrong
Q-Tip
as Vada Huff
Dania Ramirez
as Alex Guerrero
John Turturro
as Don Angelo Bonasera
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Frank Wills
David Bennent
as Dr. Herman Schiller
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Agent Flood
Joie Lee
as Gloria Reid
Michael Genet
as Jamal Armstrong
Roslyn Tate
as Lucy Armstrong
Chris Magna
as Nino Bonasera
Rick Aiello
as Rocco Bonasera
Chris Tardio
as Franco Bonasera
Kristina Klebe
as Ruth Lacey
Marion McCorry
as Senator Jacobs
Hal Sherman
as Detective Boyd
Gerald Anthony
as Mr. Jennings
Don Harvey
as G. Gordon Liddy
Gary Evans
as H.R. Haldeman
Murphy Guyer
as John Erlichman
Keith Jochim
as Richard Nixon
Brian Simons
as Jeb Stuart Magruder
Jeff Hughes
as Oliver North
Richard Kelly
as Klansman
Jade Wu
as Midwife
P.J. Brown
as Sgt. Leper
Paul Albe
as James Mccord
Wass Stevens
as Frank Sturgis
Lemon
as Eugenio Martinez
Christopher Wynkoop
as Bernard Baker
Sope Phang
as Michelle
Aynsley Lemon
as Eugenio Martinez
Jim Ward
as Detective Sholler
Lars Hanson
as Detective Barret
Tim Miller
as Bank President
Albert Zihenni
as Flood's Partner
Sandra Endo
as NY1 Field Reporter
Martin Murphy
as Officer No. 1
Michael Devine
as Officer No. 2
Peter Kybart
as German Pastor
Patrick Reale
as Bodyguard
Rodney "Bear" Jackson
as Federal Correction Officer No. 1
Bradley C. Williams
as Federal Correction Officer No. 2
Charles Santy
as Police Officer
Alice Liu
as Oni's Girlfriend
Naja Hill
as Nadiyah's Girlfriend
Shakara Singh
as Evelyn's Girlfriend
Zakiya Williams
as Ruby's Girlfriend
Poorna
as Song's Girlfriend
Sarah Desage
as Fifi's Girlfriend
Neisha Butler
as Stacey's Girlfriend
Catherine Wyn Rogers
as Jo's Girlfriend
Natasha Carabello
as Michelle's Girlfriend
Connie Freestone
as Karen's Girlfriend
Piper Corbett
as Norna's Girlfriend
Wynn Hall
as Doris's Girlfriend
Shira Bocar
as Rachel's Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for She Hate Me

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (38)

Succeeds in finding something to offend almost everybody.

Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

[Lee's] most muddled message movie to date.

Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

A misshapen and sometimes sorry affair that aims for satire, without always being clear about what it's attempting to satirize.

Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: C-

Lee presumably had two ideas, one an exposé of pharmaceutical greed, the other a sex comedy: then he decided that neither one would make a film in itself and came up with the lame idea of combining them.

Aug 28, 2004

Two movies mashed together.

Aug 26, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Spike Lee's She Hate Me is about as awful as a film can be without being the ultimate awful, which is boring.

Aug 20, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for She Hate Me

½

Spike Lee tries to mix strawberries with mashed potato. It doesn't work

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

½

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
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

½

[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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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