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Movie Review: 'Jason's Lyric' (1994) Director Doug McHenry takes an ancient theme — redemptive love blooming amid a wreckage of brotherly rivalry and neighborly warfare — and sets his old-fashioned… R Drama Allen Payne Jada Pinkett Smith Eddie Griffin Lisa Carson Forest Whitaker Bokeem Woodbine Gramercy Pictures
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Movie Review: 'Jason's Lyric' (1994)

MPAA Rating: R

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EW's GRADE
C

Details Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Allen Payne and Jada Pinkett Smith; Distributor: Gramercy Pictures

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

Originally posted Oct 14, 1994 Published in issue #244 Oct 14, 1994 Order article reprints