"Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends."This is one of those movies that I always thought never got enough play. It's directed by Spike Lee and is one of the few films he's directed that not many people talked about. Starring Edward Norton (when is he coming back on the scene?), Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper and Rosario Dawson, it's about a thirty-something man who's finally busted for dealing drugs after years in the business. The movie follows him twenty-four hours before he faces his seven-year jail sentence. He begins reevaluating his life and the choices he's made. He's thinking about who might have ratted him out, who he can trust when he gets out of prison, and who his friends really are. Thought his mind is racing and filled with suspicion, he's trying to keep his cool and go to jail without knowing enemies.
Though the movie has a mostly white cast, that's about the only non-Spike Lee aspect about it. You can always tell his films without even looking at the credits. It just has that certain Spike Lee element about it. The main character is always analyzing his fate and the people around him and questioning his motives and the motives of those he keeps close to him, almost like a character study. If you're in any way a Spike Lee fan, check this out.
My rating: A