Director Doug McHenry takes an ancient theme — redemptive love blooming amid a wreckage of brotherly rivalry and neighborly warfare — and sets his old-fashioned movie in violent, drug-addled, contempo-inner-city Houston. Allen Payne plays Jason, a good son; Bokeem Woodbine puts in a powerful performance as Joshua, his bad brother; and Jada Pinkett plays Jason’s sweetheart, Lyric, who dreams of a better life. The themes are big; the characters, however, are underdeveloped and appear poised to break into songs from West Side Story at a moment’s notice. C
Genre: Drama; Starring: Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eddie Griffin, Lisa Carson, Forest Whitaker, Bokeem Woodbine; Director: Doug McHenry; Author: Bobby Smith Jr.; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Gramercy Pictures
Posted October 14 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT
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