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NBA hopeful Odin James is the only black student in an elite private school. Odin is a basketball scout's dream, possessing the talent and poise to go strait from high school to the pros. Odin not only enjoys widespread popularity with the students, he is dating Desi Brable. The envy of all their friends, Odin and Desi have found what many others lack - a love that is deep, honest, and pure.
Drama - Despite the teen-friendly cast, this very dark, very faithful modern
day-set adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello will find more
fans in older audiences than with the younger set. Strong violent
and sexual content make the film too intense for children.
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Strong sexual content; no nudity. VIOLENCE: Graphic shootings, beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and drug use by teens. ACTION: None. COMEDY: None.
Very Good "To an astonishing degree, ''O'' gets the
tragic Shakespeare mood, that somber stentorian passion born of hidden slivers
of ambition and betrayal. Some of the movie, admittedly, is labored. Minus the
treacherous eloquence of Shakespeare's words, the business of the stolen
handkerchief now plays like the hoariest of hoary devices. Yet the central
triangle retains its fevered racial-sexual ambiguity.''
Review Good "..well-crafted and compelling cautionary tale...
..artful and emotionally compelling...' O is disturbing, but in all the
Review Good "...a good film for most of the way, and then a powerful film
at the end, when, in the traditional Shakespearean manner, all of the plot
threads come together, the victims are killed, the survivors mourn, and life
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "Update one of Shakespeare's comedies and set it in a
contemporary high school and you get something as light and forgettable as 10
THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. Do the same to one of the major tragedies and you wind
up with something else entirely: Beverly Hills, 90210 with a body count.
Case in point: this dark, intelligent treatment of Othello from
writer-director Tim Blake Nelson.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Very mixed opinions! Only about half of the moviegoers truly enjoyed it, rating it "Very Good" and higher. A very significant number of the remaining half rated it "Terrible," which is very rare and obviously very bad.
The guys seemed to enjoy it slightly more than the ladies. This may have something to do with the very strong content, so I HIGHLY ADVISE that you read the detailed content before deciding to see "O."
My suggestion is to read all the information we offer, especially the content and detailed opinions, before deciding if this movie is for you.
elite private school located deep in the new American South, NBA hopeful Odin
James (Mekhi Phifer), is the only black student at the school. Playing
the point guard position, Odin is a basketball scout's dream, possessing the
talent and poise to go strait from high school to the pros. Odin not only enjoys
widespread popularity with the students, he is dating Desi Brable (Julia
Stiles), the beautiful daughter of the Dean of Palmetto Grove Academy (John
Heard). The envy of all their friends, Odin and Desi have found what many others
lack - a love that is deep, honest, and pure.
Odin's best friend, Hugo Goulding (Josh Hartnett), drawn closely from
Shakespeare's nefarious lago, is a starting forward on the basketball team, and
the son of Coach Duke Goulding (Martin Sheen). Hugo has been asked by his
father to look out for Odin because of the particular pressures facing him at
Palmetto Grove. Yet Hugo is bitterly envious of Odin and the attention Odin
receives from the coach and everyone else at school. An introspective and
somewhat mysterious young man, Hugo seeks to manipulate those around him to his
own private ends.
Placed by his own father in the role of Odin confidante, Hugo is, in reality,
seeking to destroy the very person he pretends to befriend. Striking at the very
core of Odin's soul, Hugo convinces him that Desi is having an affair with
another member of the basketball team, Michael Casio (Andrew Keegan).
Meanwhile, Hugo's rich roommate Roger Rodriguez (Elden Henson), will do
anything to be popular. Desperately in love with Desi, Roger becomes another
pawn in Hugo's dark scheme. Even Hugo's girlfriend Emily (Rain Phoenix),
succumbs to his machinations, playing a part in her roommate Desi's downfall.
As the basketball season comes to a dramatic finish, conflict among the six friends
escalates into in evocable tragedy when Hugo executes a plan prompting Odin to
throw away all that he cares about most, the woman he loves, his bright future,
his very soul.