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Movie Review: She Hate Me

Published October 8, 2004 12:05 am

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Rated R for strong graphic sexuality/nudity, language and a scene of violence; 138 minutes; opening today at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

A train wreck as only Spike Lee could make it: a rambling cover-all-bases drama about a fired black executive (Anthony Mackie) who makes money by impregnating rich lesbians, starting with his ex-girlfriend (Kerry Washington), for $10,000 each. Lee contorts this ludicrous premise by railing against corporate greed and George W. Bush, dragging in the Mafia and Congress, and declaring martyrdom for forgotten Watergate security guard Frank Wills. A lot of big names - Woody Harrelson, John Turturro, Monica Bellucci and Jim Brown among them - go along for the ride, as Lee goes off the rails with conspiracy-theory dialogue overruling any effort at recognizable human behavior.