Owen Gleiberman
June 11, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Baadasssss!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/28/04
performer
Nia Long, Mario Van Peebles, Joy Bryant, David Alan Grier, Paul Rodriguez, Saul Rubinek, Khleo Thomas
director
Mario Van Peebles
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Dennis Haggerty, Melvin Van Peebles, Mario Van Peebles
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Audaciously entertaining. Mario Van Peebles sports an attitude of electric, hungry-eyed defiance to play his father, Melvin Van Peebles, during the making of ”Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” (1971). Perhaps no movie has demonstrated so graphically that a film-maker is really a politician, a hustler, and an artist, in that order.

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