Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Do The Right Thing

AFI # 96 Do The Right Thing (1989)

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What I “Think” The Movie is about

A group of kids spend the whole movie trying to get ahold of the answers to a hard mid-term. They are successful in their quest but decide at the last-minute to “do the right thing” and take the test. Some pass, some fail, but they all learn a valuable lesson. (once again, my guess was not even close)

The Real Review

Brooklyn is deep into a heat wave and tension, like the temperature, is rising among the neighborhood. An Italian owner of a long-standing pizzeria upsets a local patron, when he sees that the pizzeria’s “Wall Of Fame” displays only white/italian actors and celebrities. The patron believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but the owner disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and as everyone reaches a breaking point. A fight and riot breaks out leaving 1-person undeservedly dead at the hands of the authorities. 

Dear Diary,

It has been 5 days and 7 hours since I watched “Do the Right Thing” and I am still having a hard time coming up with a satirical approach to this movie, I mean, that is kind of what we do here on ‘The {ish} Adventures.’ “Jennifer’s the name, satire is my game.”

I’m having an even harder time writing a responsible and thoughtful response on race relations then and now. This movie officially has me speechless, and that does not happen often. What could I, a 30-year-old woman, originally from west-central Indiana with little exposure to diversity or adversity, have to say on this subject that someone hasn’t already said? Well, I’ve been trying for 5 days and I’ve got nothing.

I liked this movie. It made me feel uncomfortable but in a critical thinking kind of way. I haven’t had to work this hard at a decent organized thought since high school or college. In fact, a part of me wants to say that the feeling of ‘uncomfortable’ is a good emotion to have, or at least it’s a start. What if I had genuinely sat down to watch this movie and had no other reaction other than comfortable? What would that have meant? Does it mean that we’ve just accepted that this is how it is going to be from now on so just get used to it? I hope not. I hope this type of injustice and violence doesn’t become the “norm”. Although, this movie did come out 30 years ago and yet it feels like it was just written yesterday, the script ripped from last years headlines. So, maybe it has become the norm. I don’t know. I don’t magically have the answer for racism after watching this movie, I wish I did, but I don’t.

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Are you a fan of Do The Right Thing and want to watch along with me? Click HERE to read my ‘live’ scene reactions while I watched this movie for the first time.

Also, are you looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

5 movies down, 95 to go. Next up, The Last Picture Show (1971)

 

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1 Comment

  1. I had the same struggle both times I watched it. It’s like, as a white guy from southwest Virginia, what can I possibly say about the content of this film? I can see it, I can accept that this is how life is in certain areas of the US, but I can’t possibly emapathize because I can’t possibly understand what it must be to live with this day in and day out.

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