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I Like It Like That

  I Like It Like That Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
4.75 /10
Lauren Velez, Jon Seda, Griffin Dunne
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Directed by: Darnell Martin
Written by: Darnell Martin

Released: 1994
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 105


A young black wife (Lauren Velez) has a love-hate relationship with her philandering Hispanic husband (Jon Seda), and "finds herself" through a job in the music industry and an affair with her white boss (Griffin Dunne).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Darnell Martin is a young black writer-director whose first Hollywood film is a feelgood feminist fairy-story. The story may be fantasy feminism, but the vision of lower-class New York [life] appears authentic. The lives here seem stunted by a lack of money and a lust for material possessions; to her credit, Ms Martin does not judge them too harshly.
Although her characters often behave stupidly, and at too screechingly high a pitch, she retains an affection for most of them - especially [for] the central lovers, whose relationship has enough complexity to make their agonies sympathetic.
The plot is naive; some of the acting is over-theatrical; and the treatment is a bit loud, tiresome and crude - it's a bit like having to watch two omnibus editions of EastEnders and Coronation Street at the same time, with the volume turned up.
But there is a social observation and psychological truthfulness that bodes well for the future. Ms Martin is being hailed as a female Spike Lee; as long as she doesn't believe her own publicity, she could be better than that.

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