Comedy Crime - This is a fact based period drama with some elements of political
Newcomer John David Washington is the lead with more established
actors such as Topher Grace and Adam Driver in smaller supporting
roles. Fans of director Spike Lee will enjoy. Constant language,
some violence, and mature subject matter involving racism make the
film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 21 S-words; 8 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Beating wihout blood; a hit by a car. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and frequent tobacco. ACTION: One explosion. COMEDY: Constant verbal race humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good BlacKkKlansman gets some laughs out of its inherent absurdity but it's mainly an opportunity to re-examine ‘70s attitudes through the lens of ‘10s perceptions. If you don't like Lee's oeuvre or are offended by openly political movies, this isn't the film for you. Others will find in BlacKkKlansman an opportunity to consider and reflect on the questions that Lee isn't afraid to pose.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent This is not only one of the year's best films but one of Lee's best as well. Juggling the somber and the hilarious, the sacred and the profane, the tragedy and the triumph, the director is firing on all cylinders here.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Lee proves he's still as fiery and meaningful a filmmaker as the man who made "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" back in the day. "BlacKkKlansman" is a sobering, affecting commentary on right now, yet it's also a thrilling celebration of real brotherhood – and not one of hate.
NY PostFull Review Excellent The tale is so bizarre that it's sometimes comical, and often disturbing. The unrelentingly intense "BlacKkKlansman” can be very hard to watch. What he's made with "BlacKkKlansman” is an important tribute to small-town heroes — cops, activists and good neighbors...
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It's the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil
rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first
African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his
arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department's rank
and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a
difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission:
infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds
himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with
the Klan's Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron's commitment
to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing
ever more complex, Stallworth's colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses
as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider's
knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take
down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to
appeal to the mainstream.