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She Hate Me

comedy, drama


When biotech exec Jack (ANTHONY MACKIE) blows the whistle on his greedy drug-conglomerate bosses over an insider-trading scandal, he gets more than he bargained for. Once this playa is played, he finds himself hitting rock bottom when an old flame...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    19%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

This extremely graphic movie is not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't for kids of any age. It contains extremely mature material with nudity, graphic scenes of childbirth, and many explicit sexual encounters, straight and gay. Characters drink, smoke, and use very strong language. A character commits suicide by jumping out of a window. He falls on another man, and they're both killed. A theme of the movie relates to being paid for sex and the parallels to selling one's soul.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Angelo Bonasera's comments on the way that a movie like The Godfather portrays and inspires real-life criminals and how real-life criminals inspire wanna-be "gangsta" rap stars. What decisions does Jack regret? How does he try to make good what he has done wrong? What does co-screenwriter/director Lee want to tell us with Jack's family, especially with the relationship to his parents?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    19%
    reviews counted: 25
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  • Audience

    61%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Might qualify as the most misguided, ill-conceived and lamentable film of Lee's] career.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, August 20, 2004

Rotten: I will not say that I liked it. I will say that like Bamboozled, it exasperates and resonates.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, August 19, 2004

Rotten: Maddening, invigorating, ridiculous, hilarious and messier than a rack of ribs without a napkin.

- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Thursday, August 19, 2004

Audience Reviews

1 star

Spike Lee is aiming for too many things here, in some is a hit, in others are a miss. The first half builds up around the usual relationships stuff, then the second half forgets about the first and goes into a socio-political-commentary rampage. Also the movie depends on just way too many wishifull thinking and "happy coincidences" to work properly and be convincing. If only Spike cut it off the political stuff, his movies would be actually a lot better. John Turturo's character, and all his dialogues and scenes were like if Spike was doing a parody of Do the Right Thing.

- DragonEyeMorrison, Saturday, May 22, 2010

1 star

Aloha, Spike, what is up with this? No worry, shrimp curry, I've had some dry spells myself.

- binky013, Friday, September 1, 2006

1 star

font=Century Gothic]In "She Hate Me", John Henry Armstrong(Anthony Mackie) is a 31-year old single vice-president at an up and coming biotech company. He is sad because he is not yet a father. He is even sadder when his friend, Dr. Shiller, jumps out of his 40th floor office to his death. A new wonder drug that the company has been promoting as a possible vaccine for AIDS has been denied approval by the FDA. There is a cover-up to prop up the stock price but Armstrong decides to blow the whistle. He is promptly fired, has his assets frozen and is under investigation by the SEC. Armstrong's ex-girlfriend, Fatima(Kerry Washington), who left him for another woman, just happens to pop back into his life with an offer he cannot refuse - father her child, her lover's child and any other lesbians within a 30-mile radius they can find in exchange for $10,000 for every pregnancy. Meanwhile, there is an unprecedented turkey baster shortage.../font] font=Century Gothic]Spike Lee started off as a provocative young filmmaker with plenty to say on matters of race in America. Early on in his career, he made two great movies - "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X." But the quality of his films have fallen as of late - "Summer of Sam" is an interesting mess; "Bamboozled" is much too heavy handed and could have used a lighter touch and "25th Hour" misses an easy shot to take on the draconian New York Rockefeller drug laws. /font] font=Century Gothic]"She Hate Me" consists of a whole morass of ideas gone horribly awry:/font] font=Century Gothic]One of the targets is capitalism but if that is so, then why focus on an executive instead of somebody of more proletarian status. Wouldn't a vice-president have some responsibility for his company's shenanigans?/font] font=Century Gothic]Hints about personal responsibility abound. The movie certainly disapproves of the whole pregnancy scheme and refers to it as immoral but Armstrong is providing a valuable service for which he is amply compensated. /font] And the Bible did say,"Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth." Genesis 9:1. And then there is the asinine Mafia subplot... Also, the sperm were funnier in "Everything You Always You Wanted to Know about Sex..." In conclusion, the movie might have worked if it had been simpler, shorter, and much more realistic and down to earth. At the end of the day, I'm not even sure what Spike Lee was trying to say. Note: Ossie Davis also appeared in a few episodes of "The L Word" which had a much more credible pregnant lesbian subplot. His roles in "She Hate Me" and "The L Word" were some of his last roles before he died.

- gator681, Friday, October 21, 2005