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Great African-American Experience Movies

'Do the Right Thing' (1989)

Spike Lee's masterwork of racial unrest; discuss with kids.

Age: 16+

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this Spike Lee film is an intense study of racism as it existed in an urban U.S. neighborhood during the late 1980s. There are many angry racial confrontations using provocative, coarse language and highly-charged racial taunts. Violence realistically depicted includes: a riot, fistfights, a crowd setting fire to a restaurant, a man being choked by police using a baton. One sexual scene shows a couple during foreplay and uses extreme close-ups of a woman's body parts: her legs, her breasts, her neck. A leading character drinks beer continuously. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

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