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Year
1986
Runtime
84 min.
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Romance, Comedy
Rating *
6.6
Votes *
4,916
Checks
2,715
Favs
102
Dislikes
26
Favs/checks
3.8% (1:27)
Favs/dislikes
4:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    An early film by Spike Lee, She's Gotta Have It revels in an old-fashioned look and sound to tell a palpably modern romance. The jazzy music tracks, the black and white cinematography, the presentational acting, and even the movies referenced, all speak to an early time. Lee is tapping into classic cinema. His subject matter, Nola Darling, a young woman with three lovers, each desperate to be her only one, upends the Hollywood formula suggested by the format, however. Nola is no slut, or giddy thing who doesn't know what she wants. She's a free feminist spirit. This IS what she wants. And loving her means loving that part of her too. Impossible? Told as a series of testimonials intercut with actual scenes, this lively film finds its comedy in that conundrum. And its larger truth as well. 6 years ago
  2. EssexMutant's avatar

    EssexMutant

    spoiler 6 years 2 months ago
  3. raulcelis's avatar

    raulcelis

    What a great film about sexuality in a racial context mainstream Hollywood was/is clearly not comfortable portraying. Bravo Spike Lee. I disagree with fellow iCheckmovies users saying this is a dated film. 4 years 1 month ago
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  1. This movie ranks #32 in Paste's The 100 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
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  2. This movie ranks #77 in BFI's 100 American Independent Films
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  3. This movie ranks #752 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  4. This movie ranks #779 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  5. This movie ranks #802 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  6. This movie ranks #829 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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