History Film / DoTheRightThing

1st Feb '16 8:44:19 PM Mr.French
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A large number of the cast are either bigoted, ignorant, or short-tempered, but most of them are shown to have softer sides. The most notable examples are Mookie, who despite his LazyBum tendencies is generally a decent guy who is popular the neighborhood with just about everyone, and Sal, who, while curmudgeonly, still tends to be reasonable and even kind to others. The fact that almost everyone has some redeeming qualities makes the ultimate DownerEnding all the more depressing.

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* NiceGuy: Da Mayor and Jade are two of the kindest and most open-minded people in the neighborhood. Sadly, no one listens to either very often.
16th Jan '16 11:18:13 PM Whipsmart
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** 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 [[MinorInsultOverreaction 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.
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** 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 [[MinorInsultOverreaction [[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.
1st Jan '16 1:49:05 AM Whipsmart
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* 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: {{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.
24th Nov '15 7:42:28 PM RBluefish
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* CastingGag: Buggin' Out, who says Sal is racist for not putting any black people on his Italian-American exclusive "Wall of Fame" is played by Giancarlo Esposito, who is himself half-black, half-Italian American.
6th Nov '15 3:51:34 PM lakingsif
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-->-- '''Mister Senor Love Daddy'''
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-->-- '''Mister Senor Seņor Love Daddy'''

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-->-- '''Mister Senor Love Daddy''' * TheRichHaveWhiteStuff: Sal's white corvette shows the separation between him and the locals.
4th Nov '15 9:47:26 PM enderheisenberg
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-->'''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.
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-->'''Stevie''': You little slanty-eyed, me-no-speaky-American, own-every-fruit-and-vegetable-stand-in-New-York, bullshit, [[ChurchOfHappyology Reverend Sun Myung Moon, Moon]], Summer Olympics '88, Korean kick-boxing son of a bitch.
21st Oct '15 11:24:34 AM beack7
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* TheBigGuy: Radio Raheem towers over just about everyone in the movie, and the camera shots during his conversations with Sal and the Korean grocers always show him from low angles, make him look even more like a giant.
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* TheBigGuy: Radio Raheem towers over just about everyone in the movie, and the camera shots during his conversations with Sal and the Korean grocers always show him from low angles, make him look even more like a giant.
11th Apr '15 11:37:07 PM KingClark
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This sounds awfully complainy...
* AuthorFilibuster: Considering Lee's frequently one-sided and on occasion hypocritical views on race, the whole film reeks of being his personal soapbox. One wonders if Lee would hold the same views of life vs property if an Italian man was killed by the police and a Black owned business burned down in retaliation.
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* AuthorFilibuster: Considering Lee's frequently one-sided and on occasion hypocritical views on race, the whole racism aren't particularly subtle anywhere, and this film reeks of being his personal soapbox. One wonders if Lee would hold the same views of life vs property if an Italian man was killed by the police and a Black owned business burned down in retaliation.is no exception.
26th Mar '15 10:38:36 PM ronin6401
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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; [[they don't listen]].
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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; [[they regret. [[spoiler: They don't listen]].
26th Mar '15 1:52:01 AM ronin6401
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* AuthorFilibuster: Considering Lee's frequently one-sided and on occasion hypocritical views on race, the whole film reeks of being his personal soapbox. One wonders if Lee would hold the same views of life vs property if an Italian man was killed by the police and a Black owned business burned down in retaliation.

** There is, however, a pinch of [[BittersweetEnding bittersweetness]] as [[spoiler: Sal contemplates possibly rebuilding his pizzeria and likely to do so in a manner that would better reflect the community, too]].

** There is, however, * EntitledBastard: Mookie starts a pinch of [[BittersweetEnding bittersweetness]] as [[spoiler: Sal contemplates possibly rebuilding his pizzeria and likely to do so in a manner riot that would better reflect burns down his employer's place of business, then has the community, too]]. gall to go back the next day and demand his paycheck.

* 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 and shows signs of barely concealed racism.
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* 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 and shows signs of barely concealed racism.Out.

* 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, Hypocrite: Buggin' Out is 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 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 and shows signs of barely concealed racism.neighborhood, all because the cycler got dirt on Buggin's shoes.

* 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 as well due to his ideals of black justice at Sal, who never did anything wrong to anyone, racism, hypocrisy, and Sal himself is a nice man who's constantly provoked by Buggin' Out and shows signs of barely concealed racism. self righteous attitude. * KarmaHoudini: Mookie, see entitled bastard for more.

* GreyAndGreyMorality: Many of OnlySaneMan: Da Mayor. Following Radio's death, 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 former tries to dissuade the community, Pino is a JerkAss whose own friends mob from doing something they'll later regret; [[they 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 and shows signs of barely concealed racism. listen]].

** Sorta lessened by the blatant racism.
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