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“You’re just jealous because she talks to me!” [Pauly]
on 24 December 2015
In this 1991 social drama, Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes), is a successful afro-american architect and is angered when he discovers his new temporary secretary is an Italian-American white woman, Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra). Despite the inauspicious start, they soon find common ground and have an affair. But what happens when the news gets out?
The film illustrates quite easily how a secret can soon spiral out of control and although being ’another’ inter –racial love story, this shows how it affects many people from many differing angles, from the family, in the workplace, in restaurants, public places, but most tellingly of all, within friendship circles. It’s not just about black/white or any colour combination, but explores many social stereotypes such as ethnic communities, cultural expectations, drug abuse, religion and even post code snobbery as he’s from Harlem and she’s from Bensonhurst .
The single disc opens to a language selection screen offering 7 [mainly Scandinavian ] languages. Main menu offers play, scenes, bonus [featurette and 3 trailers], audio [English/German] and subtitles [as for language screen]. The music is mainly Stevie Wonder but all the music fits well with the story, including Frank Sinatra.
With nudity, sex and swearing from the start this is an 18 rating even before the adult themes kick in. The main issue with this film is that it’s now politically outdated, not in it’s social message, but in it’s language, a prime example is the conversation that kicks off their initial friendship, now they would both be hauled in by Human Resources and be sent on an ‘Orientation’ or ‘Racial Awareness’ course or something similar, if not fired. Much of the everyday dialogue is similar and it’s difficult to imagine this being made now. Yet this remains a worthwhile ***** watch although the message does tend to drone on in a very pessimistic way.