What does it take for violence to become acceptable? When mob mentality is not only the right thing to do but the necessary thing? When the disenfranchised and hurt can stand up and say, not today, asshole! Sometimes it just takes some loud noise and a few bad words.
Mookie's a delivery driver for Sal's Pizza, an Italian-American-owned institution in the majority African-American neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. On a hot summer day, Sal's becomes a centerpoint for hatred and bigotry as events spiral out of control.
This is one of those movies that you just have to see. It's made lists and everything. The acting is phenomenal, the direction is tight, and the message sadly holds up. There's even a part of me that would like to see a sequel, the neighborhood twenty years later. Not a lot has changed but the cell phones.