The N-Word (2004)





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The biggest names in show business come together to offer their opinions on one of the most inflammatory words in the English language in filmmaker Todd Williams' revealing and thought-provoking documentary. In its long and complex history, the word "nigger" has gone from a cutting and derogatory racial slur to a term of endearment frequently used by African-American youth culture. Though the word has in a sense been "taken back" by the very people that it targeted, it still has the power to anger and enrage when taken out of its new context. As a variety of celebrities including Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons, George Carlin, Damon Dash, and Bryant Gumbel offer their opinions on this polarizing word, the taboo of language is broken to reveal an ever-changing society that is constantly attempting to make sense of a dark past while simultaneously attempting to build a brighter future.
Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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Critic Reviews for The N-Word

All Critics (1)

Documentary revolving around the question of whether the N-word is taboo or has been rendered meaningless by overuse?

Full Review… | May 26, 2007
Upstage Magazine

Is it now socially acceptable to utter the N-word in polite company?

January 17, 2007
Bean Soup Times

Audience Reviews for The N-Word


I had to see this documentary in college and I recommend it. It's an important film about different opinions on whether the word should be used or not.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer

It was a little all over the place at times, and it touches on a LOT of big issues in a very short period of time, but if nothing else, it provides a great overview of where we currently stand and has some great contributions from people like Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Mooney, etc.

Matthew Milligan
Matthew Milligan

Some great footage- but there's not a strong narrative structure. It feels like random clips strung together on the same theme. Some progression would greatly help.

Chip Hall
Chip Hall

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