A necessarily ugly film about far, far uglier truths. It's sometimes messy, hectoring and on-the-nose, but it's rare to see a film so righteously angry and with good cause. Bruising. I felt like the white schmucks in the audience for the hideous "Man Tan" anxiously stealing looks at their black friend in their self-serving need for approval and reassurance that they are laughing at the right things. A fair cop.
Spike Lee's millennial attack/satire on black media potrayal in modern America and black portrayal in cinema history. The film was a hard watch in 2000 and still has the power to enrage today. Have things gotten better? The WB, UPN, Tyler Perry ........ One wishes things would change. Great satire by Lee, amazing music score by Blanchard, great look by Ellen Kuras.
The story kept me interested enough and I thought what Lee tried to say was interesting and thought provoking but it was filled with so much anger that I had trouble enjoying it (and the ending was kind of horrible). Also the acting was really bad and so were the visuals. Overall I'd say interesting writing but poor filmmaking.