AFI # 96 Do the Right Thing (1989) Live Reactions

The following are real-time reactions from my first ever viewing of Do The Right Thing (1989). Read my full review here.



Before this movie begins, I just want to state that this movie could be about competitive snail racing and it won’t matter, it will still be better than  # 97 Blade runner.

Aggressive dance opening. Very Cosby-esque

This is a Spike Lee movie apparently and to be honest, I am not that familiar with his work. The only thing I know about Spike Lee is the mini feud he had with the Pacers (Reggie Miller specifically) when they played the Knicks during the playoffs in the 90’s.

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Ben-Hur should have taken notes. This movie has a long music intro, but instead of 2 words on the screen for a half, we have a lady dancing in crazy outfits

Samuel L. Jackson as Senor Love Daddy (looked it up on IMDB to make sure I wasn’t making that name up!), what an interesting radio call name. Also, the most animated I’ve seen Samuel L Jackson.

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Hey! It’s the butler from Mr. Deeds that likes feet!

Oh, he seems like a bit of a jerk. His dad was helping a guy out and he gets mad because his dad pays an older guy 1 dollar a day to sweep the street.

Aww, a young Martin Lawrence!

I really like the camera angles used in this movie. I mean, I’m not a film expert, but it seems different than what I’m used to, and I like it.

Pizza sounds so good right now! I should start planning our movie time meals based on the theme of the movie. Tonight, NY style pizza.

What are they doing with the cans?!

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OHHHHH! So smart! Homemade fire-hydrant/sprinkler attachment!

I’ve always thought it would be cool to play in a fire hydrant..

I’m sorry, but you saw they were playing with the fire hydrant, so why would you drive through it? Turn around and drive the other way….

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I wonder what it would cost to get a boom box like that today. Surely they are hard to find and collected. How many batteries would that take?

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Aside from the fashion, if you told me this movie was made today, I would believe you. :/ some things never change. You would think after 20 years we would have addressed and fixed these issues. But this movie is like something ripped out of today’s headlines.

Ha! He is paying the kid fifty cents to go get his beer from the store lol Dont

Well, you heard it folks, Samuel L Jackson just told us we need to cool this “shit” out. Could be talking about the heat, could be talking about the fighting. could be both. Should be both.

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No music in a restaurant! How? Why?!

Is he just naming every song in his record catalog?

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“What you need to do is boycott the barber that messed up your head” bahaha

Answer to previous question. 20. 20 D batteries.

Aww, he bought her flowers! (side note, according to IMDB, in real life these two charectors are married!)

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Why does that car have a lobster on the bumper.

I keep getting this feeling that something bad is about to happen

I don’t like confrontation. This movie is hard to watch.

And there it is, a huge fight. Like a thunderstorm on a summer day, this had been building for a while.

And now we have a riot.


Mookie started the riot and still wakes up the next morning thinking he is going to get a pay check.  Hmm. Ok.

Wow. He got paid. Put your mind to it and you can do anything, I guess.

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One of the quotes at the start of the end credits..
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