release year:1971 genre:comedy/drama viewing setting:home laserdisc, 1/30/99 what I expected:wasn't sure what I got:something best left in the 1970s
synopsis:Tough guy John Shaft sticks it to everybody while defusing a potential mob war.
impressions:This movie's plot was really just a shoestring skeleton to connect the various instances of Shaft playing it cool and being a tough black guy. And oh, boy, what a tough guy he was! He took shit from nobody, including: the black mob, the Italian mob, his two black girlfriends, his white girlfriend, the police, taxi drivers, a waitress, hoodlums, and more. I have to admit, he was one smooth dude, and he dealt with anyone he ran into who needed dealing with.
acting:Richard Roundtree played this role very well, and made it memorable.
the good:Funny bad-ass moments.
the bad:Everything else in-between.
final word:Interesting, sometimes funny, but damn was it dated.
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