History Film / DoTheRightThing

24th Feb '17 8:45:11 PM WretchedThunder
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** At one point during his radio show, Mister Señor Love Daddy does a "roll call" wherein he name-checks a veritable Who's Who of African-American musicians.

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** At one point during his radio show, Mister Señor Love Daddy does a "roll call" wherein he name-checks a veritable Who's Who of African-American racially black musicians.
7th Oct '16 4:24:50 PM when-did-i-get-stabbed
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* BigNo: [[spoiler: Done by Mother-Sister repeatedly during the riot, specifically when white firefighters are turning their hoses on the black rioters for failure to disperse.]]

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* BigNo: [[spoiler: Done by Mother-Sister repeatedly during the riot, specifically when the white firefighters are turning their hoses on the black rioters for failure to disperse.]]
7th Oct '16 4:24:11 PM when-did-i-get-stabbed
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* TheEighties

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* TheEightiesTheEighties: Like you wouldn't believe.



* BigNo

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* BigNoBigNo: [[spoiler: Done by Mother-Sister repeatedly during the riot, specifically when white firefighters are turning their hoses on the black rioters for failure to disperse.]]
** [[spoiler: Also done by an off-screen resident when the police are choking Radio Raheem to death.]]
14th Sep '16 9:55:59 PM EvilKid
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* EntitledBastard: Mookie starts a riot that burns down his employer's place of business, then has the gall to go back the next day and demand his paycheck.

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* EntitledBastard: Mookie starts a [[spoiler:a riot that burns down his employer's place of business, business,]] then has the gall to go back the next day and demand his paycheck.
14th Sep '16 9:49:22 PM EvilKid
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* OnlySaneMan: Da Mayor. Following Radio's death, the former tries to dissuade the mob from doing something they'll later regret. [[spoiler: They don't listen]].

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* OnlySaneMan: Da Mayor. Following Radio's death, [[spoiler:Radio's death,]] the former tries to dissuade the mob from doing something they'll later regret. [[spoiler: They don't listen]].



* YankTheDogsChain: Right as Sal, the kindly old man who's one of the few genuinely kind people, is about to let in some customers even though he's closed, because he just loves his community, a riot breaks out ending up with Sal being attacked on the street, a man dead, the pizzeria that he built and ran all his life looted and burnt to the ground, all by the people who he just moments ago happily mentioned grew up on his pizza.

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* YankTheDogsChain: Right as Sal, the kindly old man who's one of the few genuinely kind people, is about to let in some customers even though he's closed, because he just loves his community, a [[spoiler:a riot breaks out ending up with Sal being attacked on the street, a man dead, the pizzeria that he built and ran all his life looted and burnt to the ground, ground,]] all by the people who he just moments ago happily mentioned grew up on his pizza.
30th Aug '16 12:31:03 AM JohnnyLurg
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* AmbiguousDisorder: It is unclear (and ultimately irrelevant) whether Smiley is autistic or mentally disabled.
21st Aug '16 12:41:20 PM nombretomado
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* ButNotTooBlack: Mookie gets Pino to admit that 1) his favorite basketball player is Magic Johnson, 2) his favorite actor is EddieMurphy, and 3) his favorite musician is Music/{{Prince}}. When Mookie calls him out on his hypocrisy of referring to every black person he encounters as a "Nigger", Pino [[OpinionFlipflop backtracks]] and says "They're different".

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* ButNotTooBlack: Mookie gets Pino to admit that 1) his favorite basketball player is Magic Johnson, 2) his favorite actor is EddieMurphy, Creator/EddieMurphy, and 3) his favorite musician is Music/{{Prince}}. When Mookie calls him out on his hypocrisy of referring to every black person he encounters as a "Nigger", Pino [[OpinionFlipflop backtracks]] and says "They're different".



** Pino. He is a racist who barely bothers hiding his racism, and hates working in his dad's pizzeria to the point where he outright refuses to sweep up front and constantly asks someone else to do so. He's very disrespectful to even his own brother, and especially to the people in the neighborhood (Mookie, Smiley, etc.). In a [[HypocriticalHumor twist]] of {{irony}} though, his favorite celebrities are EddieMurphy, Magic Johnson and Prince, only so liked because according to Pino, they're [[ButNotTooBlack 'different']]. Also, his racism might be explained away by his [[WithFriendsLikeThese 'friends']] barely tolerating him because he's the son of Sal and otherwise hating on him, though not excused.

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** Pino. He is a racist who barely bothers hiding his racism, and hates working in his dad's pizzeria to the point where he outright refuses to sweep up front and constantly asks someone else to do so. He's very disrespectful to even his own brother, and especially to the people in the neighborhood (Mookie, Smiley, etc.). In a [[HypocriticalHumor twist]] of {{irony}} though, his favorite celebrities are EddieMurphy, Creator/EddieMurphy, Magic Johnson and Prince, only so liked because according to Pino, they're [[ButNotTooBlack 'different']]. Also, his racism might be explained away by his [[WithFriendsLikeThese 'friends']] barely tolerating him because he's the son of Sal and otherwise hating on him, though not excused.
13th May '16 9:55:09 AM JamesAustin
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* TheEighties



* AngryBlackMan: One could say that there are a few (particularly Buggin' Out), but the trope is somewhat inverted when one black man tells another whom is spouting ABM language that he "doesn't want to hear that horseshit."
** In the commentary track for the DVD release, Spike Lee specifically notes that when Buggin' Out begins ranting about the pictures in the pizzeria, that he disagrees with the character, saying that it's Sal's place, so it's his right to put whatever pictures he likes on the walls.

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* AngryBlackMan: One could say that there are a few (particularly Buggin' Out), but the trope is somewhat inverted when one black man tells another whom is spouting ABM language that he "doesn't want to hear that horseshit."
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" In the commentary track for the DVD release, Spike Lee specifically notes that when Buggin' Out begins ranting about the pictures in the pizzeria, that he disagrees with the character, saying that it's Sal's place, so it's his right to put whatever pictures he likes on the walls.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Radio Raheem's killed by a cop, a riot breaks out and Sal's Pizzeria is burned down.]]
*** [[spoiler: WordOfGod via Mookie's cameo in Spike Lee's film ''RedHookSummer'' confirms that Sal did eventually re-open his pizzeria, Mookie still works as a delivery man and the two reconciled.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Radio Raheem's killed by a cop, a riot breaks out and Sal's Pizzeria is burned down.]]
*** [[spoiler:
Though WordOfGod via Mookie's cameo in Spike Lee's film ''RedHookSummer'' ''Red Hook Summer'' confirms that Sal did eventually re-open his pizzeria, Mookie still works as a delivery man and the two reconciled.]]



* TheEighties



-->'''Mookie''': You dago-wop, guinea, garlic-breath, pizza-slingin', spaghetti-bendin', Vic Damone, Perry Como, Music/LucianoPavarotti, Sole Mio, nonsingin' motherfucker.
-->'''Pino''': You gold-teeth-gold-chain-wearin', fried-chicken-and-biscuit-eatin', monkey, ape, baboon, big thigh, fast-runnin', high-jumpin', spear-chuckin', three-hundred-sixty-degree-basketball-dunkin' titsun spade Moulan Yan. Take your fuckin' pizza-pizza and go the fuck back to Africa.
-->'''Stevie''': You little slanty-eyed, me-no-speaky-American, own-every-fruit-and-vegetable-stand-in-New-York, bullshit, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Summer Olympics '88, Korean kick-boxing son of a bitch.
-->'''Officer Long''': You Goya bean-eating, fifteen in a car, thirty in an apartment, pointed shoes, red-wearing, Menudo, mire-mire Puerto Rican cocksucker. Yeah, you!
-->'''Sonny''': It's cheap, I got a good price for you, Mayor Koch, "How I'm doing," chocolate-egg-cream-drinking, bagel-and-lox, B'nai B'rith Jew asshole.

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-->'''Mookie''': -->'''Mookie:''' You dago-wop, guinea, garlic-breath, pizza-slingin', spaghetti-bendin', Vic Damone, Perry Como, Music/LucianoPavarotti, Luciano Pavarotti, Sole Mio, nonsingin' motherfucker.
-->'''Pino''':
motherfucker.\\
'''Pino:'''
You gold-teeth-gold-chain-wearin', fried-chicken-and-biscuit-eatin', monkey, ape, baboon, big thigh, fast-runnin', high-jumpin', spear-chuckin', three-hundred-sixty-degree-basketball-dunkin' titsun spade Moulan Yan. Take your fuckin' pizza-pizza and go the fuck back to Africa.
-->'''Stevie''':
Africa.\\
'''Stevie:'''
You little slanty-eyed, me-no-speaky-American, own-every-fruit-and-vegetable-stand-in-New-York, bullshit, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Summer Olympics '88, Korean kick-boxing son of a bitch.
-->'''Officer Long''':
bitch.\\
'''Officer Long:'''
You Goya bean-eating, fifteen in a car, thirty in an apartment, pointed shoes, red-wearing, Menudo, mire-mire Puerto Rican cocksucker. Yeah, you!
-->'''Sonny''':
you!\\
'''Sonny:'''
It's cheap, I got a good price for you, Mayor Koch, "How I'm doing," chocolate-egg-cream-drinking, bagel-and-lox, B'nai B'rith Jew asshole.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Mookie and Vito are talking about Pino, you can see [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mister Senor Love Daddy]] gesturing wildly from the radio station to try and get their attention (as Mookie is supposed to be delivering his lunch).
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Many of the main characters are of questionable morals [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and their actions can be interpreted one way or another.]] Mookie is not a hard worker but clearly cares for his son and is respected in the community, Pino is a JerkAss whose own friends don't respect him, Buggin' Out is a black militant [[MalcolmXerox Malcolm X wannabe]] who could be a good character but misdirects his ideals of black justice at Sal, who never did anything wrong to anyone, and Sal himself is a nice man who's constantly provoked by Buggin' Out.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Mookie and Vito are talking about Pino, you can see [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mister Senor Señor Love Daddy]] gesturing wildly from the radio station to try and get their attention (as Mookie is supposed to be delivering his lunch).
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Many of the main characters are of questionable morals [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and their actions can be interpreted one way or another.]] Mookie is not a hard worker but clearly cares for his son and is respected in the community, Pino is a JerkAss {{jerkass}} whose own friends don't respect him, Buggin' Out is a black militant [[MalcolmXerox Malcolm X wannabe]] who could be a good character but misdirects his ideals of black justice at Sal, who never did anything wrong to anyone, and Sal himself is a nice man who's constantly provoked by Buggin' Out.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Buggin' Out. Accuses Sal of being racist for featuring famous Italian Americans on the wall of his Italian Pizzaria, then later verbally assaults a white bicycler, saying that he doesn't have any right to live or be in a black neighborhood, all because the cycler got dirt on Buggin's shoes.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Buggin' Out. Accuses Out accuses Sal of being racist for featuring famous Italian Americans on the wall of his Italian Pizzaria, then later verbally assaults a white bicycler, saying that he doesn't have any right to live or be in a black neighborhood, all because the cycler got dirt on Buggin's shoes.



* JerkAss: Pino. He is a racist who barely bothers hiding his racism, and hates working in his dad's pizzeria to the point where he outright refuses to sweep up front and constantly asks someone else to do so. He's very disrespectful to even his own brother, and especially to the people in the neighborhood (Mookie, Smiley, etc.). In a [[HypocriticalHumor twist]] of {{irony}} though, his favorite celebrities are EddieMurphy, Magic Johnson and Prince, only so liked because according to Pino, they're [[ButNotTooBlack 'different']]. Also, his racism might be explained away by his [[WithFriendsLikeThese 'friends']] barely tolerating him because he's the son of Sal and otherwise hating on him, though not excused.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}:
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Pino. He is a racist who barely bothers hiding his racism, and hates working in his dad's pizzeria to the point where he outright refuses to sweep up front and constantly asks someone else to do so. He's very disrespectful to even his own brother, and especially to the people in the neighborhood (Mookie, Smiley, etc.). In a [[HypocriticalHumor twist]] of {{irony}} though, his favorite celebrities are EddieMurphy, Magic Johnson and Prince, only so liked because according to Pino, they're [[ButNotTooBlack 'different']]. Also, his racism might be explained away by his [[WithFriendsLikeThese 'friends']] barely tolerating him because he's the son of Sal and otherwise hating on him, though not excused.



* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Buggin' Out overreacting when a guy accidentally scuffs his new shoes. When the guy apologizes he still makes it a big deal. Of course, the guy being white might've had something to do with it...
* MistakenForRacist: Poor Sal.
** A few of his mannerisms do exhibit a slightly concealed racism, such as when he [[WhatTheHellHero threatens to bust Buggin' Out's head in]] for provoking him over [[MinorInsultMeltdown the pictures on the wall]]. Buggin' Out even looked offended at the bat gesture and being called "a troublemaker." [[spoiler: This is particularly displayed when Raheem, Buggin' and Smiley enter his store at the end to confront him. Of course, that could be just because they keep getting on his case.]] It's a very ambiguous case, indeed.
*** Screaming racial slurs at his customers sorta tips the scale.
* MsFanservice: Rosie Perez in the intro, although Spike Lee may not have intended it that way.
** Not to mention her topless scene...
** The reason you never see her face during her nude scene was because she felt she was being exploited and was crying while the scenes were being filmed.

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* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Buggin' Out overreacting when a guy accidentally scuffs his new shoes. When the guy apologizes he still makes it a big deal. Of course, the guy being white might've had something to do with it...
it.
* MistakenForRacist: Poor Sal.
** A
Sal, though few of his mannerisms do exhibit a slightly concealed racism, such as when he [[WhatTheHellHero threatens to bust Buggin' Out's head in]] for provoking him over [[MinorInsultMeltdown the pictures on the wall]]. Buggin' Out even looked offended at the bat gesture and being called "a troublemaker." [[spoiler: This is particularly displayed when Raheem, Buggin' and Smiley enter his store at the end to confront him. Of course, that could be just because they keep getting on his case.]] It's a very ambiguous case, indeed.
*** Screaming
indeed, but screaming racial slurs at his customers sorta tips the scale.
* MsFanservice: Rosie Perez in the intro, although Spike Lee may not have intended it that way.
**
way. Not to mention her topless scene...
**
scene... The reason you never see her face during her nude scene was because she felt she was being exploited and was crying while the scenes were being filmed.



* ShoutOut: Radio's description of his LOVE and HATE jewelery is a reference to ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Radio's description of his LOVE and HATE jewelery is a reference to ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''.
22nd Apr '16 4:23:10 PM jmf6401
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* AuthorFilibuster: Lee's views on racism aren't particularly subtle anywhere, and this film is no exception.

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* AuthorAvatar: Harsher criticism labels Buggin' Out as a self-insert character for Lee. Considering Lee's outspoken contempt for mixed-race couples and his 2014 rant against gentrification, and it's not too much of an impossibility.
* AuthorFilibuster: Lee's views on racism (or at least what he considers racism) aren't particularly subtle anywhere, and this film is no exception.
23rd Mar '16 3:31:16 AM Juneberries
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* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:Radio Raheem]].
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