Street Smart 1987

Street Smart

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Jonathan Fisher (Christopher Reeve) is a reporter struggling to keep his job at a magazine. Assigned to write a real-life prostitution exposé, he fails to gain information from his subjects and decides to make up his own story about a pimp. The piece revives his career, but his fictional character turns out to be strangely similar to Fast Black (Morgan Freeman), an actual pimp, who is outraged and demands that Jonathan spill his sources. When the police get involved, matters get even uglier.

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  • Sep 22, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Street Smart," a magazine journalist, Jonathan Fisher(Christopher Reeve), has trouble researching an article about a pimp, even after interviewing Punchy(Kathy Baker), a prostitute, so he fabricates the article, instead. As a result of the article being a hit, he becomes the toast of the town. But the district attorney feels that the imagined pimp is Fast Black(Morgan Freeman) who is charged with murder, and would like to have a word with Fisher...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Street Smart" has a neat premise but the subpar execution leaves it being little more than a B-movie. The seedy Times Square of this film has long vanished and AIDS is never mentioned. But what is not dated is its take on journalistic ethics which remains especially relevant in this day and age.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Christopher Reeve makes for an especially weak lead. And it does take some getting used to Kathy Baker playing a prositute but she is very good. Morgan Freeman is excellent in his breakout role. While he never played this type of character again, he would also never again be so virile on screen.("Glory" and "Driving Miss Daisy" were soon on the horizon for him.)[/font]
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  • Jun 03, 2007
    Morgan Freeman's performance IS the movie; the rest is a supporting cast trying to work themes a rewrite by James Toback would have fully realized ... and we would be locked into Reeve's dilemma more than just as our ticket to meeting Fast Black ... Points for Anna Horsford and Kathy Baker (who makes a foul shot as the white Whore With the Heart of Gold), and for the one-man theatre of Andre Gregory.
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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