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At Theaters: 6/14/2019 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601387
Studio: New Line Cinema
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JJ, aka John Shaft Jr., may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather duster, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Action Crime - This is the fifth film in the action series dating back to 1971, but this one is a comedy. Samuel L. Jackson returns from the 2000 film, with series newcomer Jessie T. Usher being the co-lead. Original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, also returns, but his screen time is limited, as is that of Regina Hall. Constant language, violence, and raunchy humor makes this film not for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Samuel L. Jackson CAPTAIN MARVEL, GLASS, INCREDIBLES 2
Jessie T. Usher WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL
Regina Hall LITTLE, THE HATE U GIVE, GIRLS TRIP
Richard Roundtree CORKY ROMANO, STEEL
Director: Tim Story KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?, RIDE ALONG 2
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Well over30 F-words; well over 30 S-words; 8 GD's; many others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief, non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Fights and shootings with blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, cocaine.
ACTION: Fights, shootouts, chases.
COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, sight gags, often suggestive.
DETAILED CONTENT
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good If you watch Shaft expecting to see an action-parody/comedy, you'll probably enjoy yourself. This movie never comes close to taking itself seriously and is always on the lookout for the next gag, pun, or joke. What the film fails to deliver in adrenaline, it makes up for with testosterone-flavored laughter.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Poor The plot is completely forgettable and Story's direction is atrocious here. He can't balance the numerous attempts at unfunny comedy with the sudden outbursts of extreme gunplay. The action sequences lack any sense of excitement and only once do the stars of comedy and action align.

Slant Magazine Full Review
Poor ...this film is nothing more than a tired buddy-cop comedy in blaxploitation drag. ...it's chockablock with racist stereotypes, sexist pseudo-wisdom, and tone-deaf jokes picking on gay and trans people.

The Guardian Full Review
Poor The mission in Shaft is to break down a modern definition of masculinity, to toughen up "delicate” qualities, such as hating guns and listening to women, and return to the good old days instead. While Jackson's ribald relic might succeed in forcing his son back to the past, this embarrassingly tone-deaf film fails to take us with him.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 24 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
2
About 50/50
100%
13-19Teens (F)
1
Low
0%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
8
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
10
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 24 moviegoers:
TEENS: One male enjoyed "Shaft" very much and one rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). The one female didn't care for "Shaft."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One male loved it and two enjoyed "Shaft" very much.
ADULTS: Great reviews from the males and most of the females. Half of both genders loved "Shaft" with all the remaining males and most of the remaining females, indicating that they enjoyed "Shaft" very much.

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