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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.
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 MagazineFull 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 GuardianFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.