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THE STORY SO FAR…
When it comes to love, Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) has gotta problem: She’s just gotta have “it.” And she’s having a hard time deciding who’ll give “it” the best. Choosing between a romantic-but-possessive nice guy (Tommy Redmond Hicks), a flashy-but-vain fashion model (John Canada Terrell) and a fast-riding but faster-talking bicyclist (Lee), Nola finds that lessons in love can be enlightening, heart-rending, but mostlyâ?¦exasperating!
- Widescreen Feature Film
- Trailers: Hotel Rwanda, Soul Cinema
- Video: The transfer is strong, but I chalk that up to the magnificent cinematography rather than the transfer.Â
- Audio:Â Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Surround
- Extras: Trailers
- Packaging: Keepcase
- Final Tally:Â 88% – B
Shot on locations scattered around Spike Lee’s neighborhood, this inner city romantic comedy chronicles the amorous misadventures of Nola Darling (Tracy Camila Johns), a sex-starved sister who, well, who has just gotta have it.
So, over the course of the romantic romp we find Nola juggling three different dudes at once: jealous, marriage-minded Jamie Overstreet (Tommy Redmond Hicks), vain fashion model Greer Childs (John Canada Terrell) and lowly bike messenger Mars Blackman (Spike Lee). However, the unapologetic feminist steadfastly refuses to commit to any of her beaus who bicker amongst each other while also fending off the overtures of a solicitous lesbian, Opal Gilstrap (Raye Dowell).
This DVD release from MGM has taken its share of bruises over the last few months. Bumped repeatedly around the release schedule, it finally arrives on DVD with no special features. There’s a ton of supplemental material that could’ve been bought off of Criterion, but no one even bothers with that. It’s a quick dump of one of the most important debut films of the last thirty years. Spike Lee deserved better than this. But, if you live in Region 1, than this might be you only shot at a DVD release that you can purchase.