Baadasssss! | Full Movie

  • R
  • 1h 49m
  • 2004
Certified Fresh91%
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Critics and audiences alike have gotten behind Mario Van Peebles' candid portrait of his father Melvin's struggle as a young, black director during the society-shifting early '70s. Determined to make a film that matters, Melvin (played by son Mario) deals with two-faced backers, a rag tag crew, threatening creditors and various shades of Hollywood hypocrisy. Obsessed and with everything on the line, including his failing eyesight and family, his only choice is to stick to his guns and do whatever it takes to get his neo-blaxploitation epic Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song to the audience for which it was envisioned. The real-life father and son dynamic brings an intimacy to this inspiring and often hilarious tribute to the father of black cinema. The result is a seamless layering of entertaining drama and poignant documentary that mirrors itself from every angle and never loses its edge.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining and intriguing tribute to a father from his son.
New Yorker
David Denby

It's an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment.

June 20, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

It's a great story and well worth remembering.

June 20, 2017
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez

Van Peebles' stiff, needlessly flashy direction lacks the energy this material required to become...

June 20, 2017
Globe and Mail
Liam Lacey

Not just forgiving toward the elder Van Peebles, it's filled with a spirit of comic amazement abou...

June 20, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Biopic, Blaxploitation, Independent
  • Release Date:May 28, 2004
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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