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She Hate Me (2004)

One heterosexual male. 18 lesbians. His fee $10,000... each.

Original Title : She Hate Me
Director : Spike Lee
Writer : Michael Genet
Michael Genet
Spike Lee
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : , , Preston L. Holmes , Spike Lee , Craig M. Spitzer ,
MPAA Rating : Rated R
IMDB ID : 0384533
Official site : http://www.sonyclassics.com/shehateme/
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She Hate Me (2004) - Spike Lee
 

Starring

Anthony Mackie John Henry 'Jack' Armstrong
Kerry Washington Fatima Goodrich
Ellen Barkin Margo Chadwick
Monica Bellucci Simona Bonasera
Jim Brown I
Ossie Davis Judge Buchanan
Jamel Debbouze Doak
Brian Dennehy Chairman Billy Church
Woody Harrelson Leland Powell
Ling Bai Oni
Lonette McKee Lottie Armstrong
Paula Jai Parker Evelyn
Q-Tip Vada Huff
Dania Ramirez Alex Guerrero
John Turturro Don Angelo Bonasera
Chiwetel Ejiofor Frank Wills
David Bennent Dr. Herman Schiller
Isiah Whitlock Jr. Agent Amos Flood
Michole White Nadiyah (as Michole Briana White
Sarita Choudhury Song
Savannah Haske Rachel
Joie Lee Gloria Reid
Michael Genet Jamal Armstrong
Roslyn Tate Lucy Armstrong
Christine Pepe Gia
Kym Hampton Stacey
Pauline Tautu Leilani
Angela Forrest Ruby
Martha Williams Fifi
Aura Grimolyte Ticha
Chris Magna Nino Bonasera
Rick Aiello Rocco Bonasera
Chris Tardio Franco Bonasera
Samrat Chakrabarti Ahmad
Kandiss Edmundson Millie
Kristina Klebe Ruth Lacey
Jamilah Rutherford Terri
Marion McCorry Senator Kay Sweeny Jacobs
Hal Sherman I
Reynaldo Rosales Jimmy
James McCaffrey Bob
Kim Director Grace
T.V. Carpio Gail
Gerald Anthony Mr. Jennings
Peter Michael Marino John Dean
Don Harvey I
Gary Evans II
Murphy Guyer John Erlichman
Keith Jochim Richard Nixon
Brian Simons Jeb Stuart Magruder
Jeff Hughes Oliver North
Richard Kelly IV
Wynne Anders Nurse
Jade Wu I
P.J. Brown Sgt. Paul Leeper
Paul Albe James McCord
Wass M. Stevens Frank Sturgis (as Wass Stevens
Lemon I
Carlos Leon II
Christopher Wynkoop Bernard Baker
Kendra Day Karen
Larua Goodwin Norma
Laura Goodwin II
Kisha Batista Jo
Sope Phang Michelle
Alison Folland Doris
Tristan Taormino Olga
Muriel Hurtado Herrera Lorna
Jim Ward IV
Lars Hanson II
Tim Miller V
Albert Zihenni Flood's Partner
Sandra Endo NY1 Field Reporter
Marty Murphy II
Michael Devine III
Peter Kybart German Pastor
Pat Reale Bodyguard (as Patrick Reale
Rodney 'Bear' Jackson Federal Correction Officer
Bradley Williams I
Charles Santy Police Officer
Alice Liu Oni's Girlfriend
Naja Hill Nadiyah's Girlfriend
Shakara Singh Evelyn's Girlfriend
Zakiya Ruby's Girlfriend
Poorna Jagannathan Song's Girlfriend (as Poorna
 Fifi's Girlfriend
 Fifi's Girlfriend
 Stacey's Girlfriend
 Jo's Girlfriend
Natasha Carabello Michelle's Girlfriend
 Karen's Girlfriend
Piper Corbett Norna's Girlfriend
 Doris's Girlfriend
 Rachel's Girlfriend
Martin Murphy I
 Girl at Rally (uncredited
 Man in Courtroom (uncredited
 

Plot

Harvard-educated biotech executive John Henry Jack Armstrong gets fired when he informs on his bosses, launching an investigation into their business dealings by the Securities & Exchange Commission. Branded a whistle-blower and therefore unemployable, Jack desperately needs to make a living. When his former girlfriend Fatima, a high powered businesswoman--and now a lesbian--offers him cash to impregnate her and her new girlfriend Alex, Jack is persuaded by the chance to make easy money. Word spreads and soon Jack is in the baby-making business at $10,000 a try. Lesbians with a desire for motherhood and the cash to spare are lining up to seek his services. But, between the attempts by his former employers to frame him for security fraud and his dubious fathering activities, Jack finds his life, all at once, becoming very complicated.
 

Comments

The reviews of the new Spike Lee joint went from bad to worse (Entertainment Weekly gave it an F, for whatever that's worth), so I purchased my ticket to "She Hate Me" with more than a little bit of trepidation. Admittedly, what allowed my curiosity to get the better of me and coerce me in to shelling out the AMC 25 Times Square's ridiculous $10.50 ticket price was an inner desire to witness the gruesome end to the train wreck that has ravaged Spike Lee for the past five year or so (before you stop me, I didn't see 25th Hour, which I heard from credible sources was pretty decent, leave me alone). And for the first half hour of "She Hate Me," that's exactly what I got. The overwhelming hubris, the transparent messaging, the muddled, almost blunted inside joke that leaves you on the outside. The underdeveloped crack baby conceived in a one night stand between (1) half-baked racial politics and (2) a convoluted cultural agenda that manages to reinforce the same norms that it calls into question. But somehow, Lee saves this one, making it provocative rather than tired. In this mess of a film, campy vignettes sprout up as tangential arguments surrounding a main thesis. Structuring the movie as such derails the thesis, transforming it from a coordinate plane to a topographic map with very queer landmarks. And while at first glance it might seem that Lee is playing the same role he does courtside at a Knicks game -- shouting his arse off at action of which he has marginal influence at best -- Lee's multiple divergent jeremiads are far less prescriptive than they are descriptive. The description, furthermore, is characterized by omission. We learn a lot more by what Lee chooses not to include than from what he includes. Case in point: In a film that is so mired in present-day political discourse and broaches the subject homosexuality for a great deal of its duration, not once is the issues of gay marriage touched upon. The choice not to mention this subject, which has (unnecessarily?) asserted hegemony over a queer rights agenda, leaves way for Lee to touch on topics that receive far less mainstream attention, such as alternative understandings of the family, or how the (literal) commodification of the black male body resonates across a number of frameworks. Anthony Mackie is somewhat of an acquired taste in the lead role. His acting is tight enough to be convincing, but imperfect enough to purvey the affected sense that runs rampant throughout the film. His character, Jack Armstrong, works at a pharmaceutical development company whose aim is to develop an AIDS vaccine. Once this is established, a sequence of scenes reveal to us that the vaccine has been rejected by the FDA, that one of the main scientists has committed suicide, and that higher-ups in his company are guilty of blatant insider trading. When Jack blows the whistle to the SEC, the shit deflects off of the fan and hits him in the face. He is fired and his bank account is frozen. In order to maintain the upper-class Manhattanite lifestyle he's been living, he grudgingly agrees to impregnate his ex girlfriend Fatima (Kerry Washington) and her new girlfriend Alex (Dania Ramirez). Receiving $10,000 for impregnating the two of them, Fatima convinces Jack to pony up his one trick to eighteen of her thirtysomething lesbian friends at 10G's a nut. Aronofsky-esque drug ingestion shots abound as Jack pops Viagra and Redbull to maintain stamina at these pregnancy parties, where five women each get a turn with Jack. A few critics have taken issue with the film's portrait of lesbianism, claiming that it suggests that lesbianism is essentially heterosexuality-without-the-dudes. Reinforcing this viewpoint are "She Hate Me's" leading ladies, two bougie "lipstick" lesbians of color -- a light-skinned black woman and a Dominican mami -- with totally hellacious bodies, dude. But the lesbian representation isn't homogenous, rather, it runs the gamut and transcends racial borders. It's concurrently totally Hollywood and anti-Hollywood. "She Hate Me" wraps itself up in so many questions that it's completely unable to resolve, and that's part of what makes it succeed. It diagnoses a politics that is weighted down by its anfractuous periphery and conflicted center. But in its articulation of these questions, it forces us to laugh at what makes us uncomfortable. It belies an almost tangible confusion in any attempt at reconciling its own identity, and unexpectedly brings us to a denouement that's ordo ab chao phrased through a deus ex machina. And like the XFL player from whom the film takes its name, what reads like a grammatical disaster conceals witty commentary on problematics that compromise identity.
 
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