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Superfly – Review

Superfly – Budget of $16 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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Trevor Jackson;Jason Mitchell
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Youngblood Priest has been in the game since he was 11 years old under the tutelage of Scatter.  Through the years, he has never been arrested and has opened legitimate businesses in every walk of life.   He has learned that power, the long game, and information can carry you further than any money or gun in the cocaine business.  One night, he is at his strip club relaxing with his girlfriends when they notice the competition “Snow Patrol” are in the club.  While they are competitors, the two crews maintain respect for each other.  However, JuJu of the Snow Patrol hates Priest and uses a gun to make his feelings known.  Although Priest is not shot, he is ‘shook’.  He wants out of the game and thinks one big score will give him that.  He goes to Scatter for more drugs, but Scatter says no.  ‘Priest’ decides that freedom is more important than Scatter and decides to meet the connect.  While Priest is meeting the connection, Snow Patrol is hit.  Now Priest knows his time is running out.  With police, informants, the cartel, rivals, and friends wanting a piece of him, it will take one Superfly brother to get out of this.

A remake of the blaxploitation classic Superfly, this movie lives up to the hype (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It is as intriguing as it is funny.  ‘Priest’ uses the word on the street and the “long game” to keep him ahead of everyone.  With every obstacle, he is able to maneuver a way out.  With 2 women and Eddie by his side, he can do everything.  But at what cost?  While this isn’t a warning about staying out of the hustler’s life (same as its predecessor), it does warn you to be smart.  This movie does have one distracting feature.  The type of shot and camera angle changes too much during the chase scenes.  It goes from movie to TV show to COPS to a movie in one shot.  This movie is not better than the original but it’s just as good.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

The difference between a businessman and a crook is the type of lawyer he can afford – Georgia

We leave money on the table so we don’t get caught – Scatter

All the money in the world can’t dodge a bullet and no car can outrun fate – Priest

You’re soft – Cynthia

I wanna join the winning team – Eddie

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Tag – Review

Tag – Budget of $28 million – 1 hour and 40 minutes

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Rebecca of the Wall Street Journal sits down with Bob Callahan to ask him about the growth of his company.  Then a janitor lunge at Bob and Bob tries to escape.  However, the janitor is to fast, tags Bob, and tells Bob he’s it.  Shockingly Bob knows the janitor as his childhood friend Hogan “Hoagie” Malloy.  Bob can’t believe that Hoagie got a job as a janitor just to tag him but its the nature of their game.  Hoagie explains that the game is on and this time is different because Jerry Pierce is retiring.  Jerry has never been tagged.  They want to get him one last time.  Rebecca, witnessing this exchange, wants some answers to her questions.  Bob and Hoagie explain they have been playing tag with Jerry, Randy “Chilli” Cilliano, and Kevin Sable for 23 years for the entire month of May.  And no matter how hard they have tried, they can never get Jerry.  They plan on getting Jerry within a week of his wedding.  No matter the cost.

Based on the article It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It by Russell Adams, this movie and game aren’t just about the game of Tag.  It’s about guys staying young and close.  They believe the mantra “You don’t stop playing because you get old.  You get old because you stop playing”.  With a great music score and intense, laughable tag scenes, you are drawn into the storyline.  This isn’t just a guy movie.  Hoagie’s wife Anna Malloy is the most intense tag player ever.  She will do whatever is necessary to get help her husband and make Jerry ‘it’.  And a bonus, during the end credits, you get to see the real men behind the game and a new rendition of Mmm mmm mmm mmm (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  This is a great movie at matinee price.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Sign me up – Hoagie

You guys care nothing about my mental health – Sable

It’s showtime – Jerry

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