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Movie Review: 'Jason's Lyric'

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Jason's Lyric

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eddie Griffin, Lisa Carson, Forest Whitaker, Bokeem Woodbine
director:
Doug McHenry
distributor:
Gramercy Pictures
author:
Bobby Smith Jr.
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

Director Doug McHenry takes an ancient theme — redemptive love blooming amid a wreckage of brotherly rivalry and neighborly warfare — and sets his old-fashioned movie in violent, drug-addled, contempo-inner-city Houston. Allen Payne plays Jason, a good son; Bokeem Woodbine puts in a powerful performance as Joshua, his bad brother; and Jada Pinkett plays Jason’s sweetheart, Lyric, who dreams of a better life. The themes are big; the characters, however, are underdeveloped and appear poised to break into songs from West Side Story at a moment’s notice. C