A man skates into a roller rink escorted by three scantily clad women and his shirt is open to the waist and reveals his bare chest and abdomen. Sort of like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Joining them as a mascot is the new girl next door, Tori who has braces on her teeth that the boys kid her about - but then the screenplay by. He even cuts off his crew when they snicker at this, before ceding the floor and giving X his moment in the spotlight. But how does this help me? The always engaging Jurnee Smollett is underused here, but the 1970s fashions, music, and references are sensational. A woman wearing a low-cut halter top flirts with a man and offers him ice cream. Johnny Feelgood Rest of cast listed alphabetically:.
Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled released that contain additional content, which we did not review. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. The Sweetwater Rollers, led by Sweetness Wesley Jonathan , along with his skating cronies Troy Paul Wesley and Roy Daniel Yabut , rule the rink, and they look down on the poor South Side kids. When their usual South Side haunt The Palisades Gardens closes its' doors for good, they venture to the upscale Sweetwater Roller Rink on the city's North Side. . And since it's a specific design they can't rebuild it themselves.
A couple of minor characters were memorable though. Women and girls swoon and scream when a man enters the room in several scenes. It's the summer of 1978 and X and his friends spend their time at the skating rink, preparing to compete in an end-of-season skate-off, against the intimidating Sweetwater team, headed by arrogant, beloved Sweetness Wesley Jonathan. X clashes frequently with his widowed, newly unemployed dad. He, his dad, and his 5-year-old sister Sonya Busisiwe Irvin are still grieving over his mother Cathy, who died of a heart condition two weeks before Christmas the year before. I also don' t have to worry about her swallowing marbles! Seema to run in the family, as X's father has one too.
How does X's roller skating serve as an outlet and also a metaphor for his emotional maturation over the summer? A man puts a kiss on the cheek of a little girl and she faints. As warm-up, he makes friends with Vivian's daughter Tori Jurnee Smollett , all awkward angles and long limbs as she learns to skate and gets pelted by immature boys' water balloons. Please indicate in your email that you are writing about Copyright © 2002-2010 Hosting provided by Webreferral Service Inc. It is sad that I need to write such a paragraph, but relevant: The dominant image of African-Americans in the movies is of the lawless, the violent and the drugged. Curving, swirling pathways - Flipping and spinning, colorful panels - Funnels, drops, and most amazing of all, a ball-bouncing trampoline. Also with Chi McBride, Mike Epps, Wesley Jonathan and Meagan Good.
I was kind of hoping for more actual skating tricks. This is pretty much the sole function of the females in Sweetness' entourage, particularly Tootsie. He is right; the father is distracted by his griefs and worries. With the fun atmosphere and the feel-good sentiment of the movie, the charity should see some decent funds coming their way this weekend. For that matter, given the argument they have on first meeting, Vivian and Curtis certainly seem on track for a relationship by movie's end. There is plenty to challenge her which makes it a toy she won't outgrow quickly.
In the Skate Off, Sweetness and his gang are so talented that it's unlikely Bow Wow's crowd would be in contention, but there you go. Naomi serves as occasion for X's crucial life lesson -- don't be mean to girls who are nice. Staring Bow-Wow, Chi McBride, , Wesley Jonathan, , and featuring Mike Epps, Charlie Murphy and Nick Cannon, the film has mostly positive reviews behind it, although it didn't exactly set the box office on fire. The parts are not labeled, so you need to match the part to the picture on The whole concept is great, my 2 year old loves his older brother's marble run and this is similar but the balls are harder to lose constantly. Fun toy but room for improvement. A move like that away from the predictable story line allows all sorts of truth into a situation that would otherwise he on autopilot.
Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. A teenage boy falls on the floor when the wheel of his skate falls off, and a teenage girl falls off her skates while practicing in a couple of scenes. And oh my goodness, will the wisecracking, booty-ogling garbage collectors Mike Epps and Charlie Murphy ever find another outlet for their energies? X is reluctant to go to Sweetwater until he sees Sweetness in action and his competitive spirit is aroused. He's forced to sell his beautiful Mustang to make ends meet, and the only job he can find is as a janitor. As a coming of age story, the movie focuses on the ways a family copes with the recent death of the mother.
X has recently made a new friend in neighbor Tori Turner Jurnee Smollett , whose sexy mom, Vivian Kellita Smith , is ogled by X and the garbage men Byron Mike Epps and Victor Charlie Murphy. McBride and Bow Wow, who between them have specialized in comedies and music videos, find serious emotion well within their reach. Several boys with water balloons chase a teenage boy and throw balloons at him, but he races away on his roller skates. While X was already nearly grown when she passed, his sister is young enough that she has to ask him what their mother was like. Will he and dad reconcile? Advertisement The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. Why does Curtis lie to his son by omission about not having a job? Note from Fat B Fun concept but plastic is lightweight and connectors aren't particularly solid so it frequently falls over.
Lee's tale of coming-of-age at the roller disco doesn't have an original bone in its body, but it's as energetic, eager to please and endearing as a sloppy, wriggling puppy. Several teenage boys slap a woman on the buttock as they skate past her her pants are extremely form-fitting. I remember going to the roller rink when I was a kid, and I was never that good myself, but I admired those who were good. Drop the ball into the lower starting point and watch as it rolls around, drops, clunks, glides fast, flips the star, and finally finishes with a wild spin in the vortex. Chicago, 1978: Newly motherless X Bow Wow — as in Xavier, not Malcolm — and his South Side friends Mike Khleo Thomas ,. To top it off, the car he was fixing up, belonging to his late wife, has its' glassware smashed out by X, which harshly brings to light how oblivious he's been to his son's pain.