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Release Date: July 2nd, 1991

DVD Release Date: January 15th, 2008

R|1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
Beautiful Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) can't decide what kind of man she wants to date, so she decides to date three at the same time. The first is Greer Childs (John Canada Terrell), a rich, handsome narcissist. Then there's Jamie Overstreet (Tommy Redmond Hicks), a stable, overprotective alpha male. Finally, there's Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee), a timid geek with a heart of gold. Unfortunately, while each suitor has his virtues, Darling just can't seem to make up her mind.

Cast: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Raye Dowell, Bill Lee, Cheryl Burr, Aaron Dugger

Director: Spike Lee

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

Keywords: Relationships, Love triangle, Temptation, 1980s, Rivalry, Forbidden love, Amusing

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  • Featuring an all-black cast, this little film is a revelation, primarily because it provides black faces with the most natural dialogue they've had in years. She`s Gotta Have It is neither a crime story nor a heavy message movie, and the conversations in it are therefore free of the shackles of most minority-oriented stories. show more

  • Structurally, it could be compared to Kurosawa's Rashomon for its subjective cross-examination of Nola's loves; but this delightful low-budget comedy, with its all black cast and black humour, is 100 per cent Lee. show more

  • Lee’s first film statement conveys the communal experience. show more

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