Washington’s directorial debut tells the heartrending true story of Fisher (Luke), a rage-aholic naval enlistee who is forced to confront his traumatic childhood – a tyrannical foster-care mother, sexual molestation, and the death of a best friend – in therapy. Though Washington shines as a tough-love military psychiatrist, Fisher, with a screenplay penned by the title character himself, ultimately belongs to newcomer Luke, who offers an impassioned, Oscar-worthy performance. As a director, Washington sticks with a straightforward narrative and a risk-free, traditional filmmaking style, but he still deserves credit for bringing such a subtle touch to a film that captures the essence of courage.
Genre: Drama; Starring: Joy Bryant, Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Salli Richardson, De'Angelo Wilson; Director: Denzel Washington; Author: Antwone Fisher; Release Date Limited: 12/20/2002; Release Date Wide: 01/01/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 120; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Posted May 30 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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