Film / Crooklyn
is 1994 film by Spike Lee
, which takes place during 1973 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The primary characters are nine-year-old Troy (Zelda Harris) and her family. Over the film's course, Troy learns life lessons through her four rowdy brothers, mother, and father, along with many others.
Tropes for Crooklyn:
- A-Cup Angst: Troy has a mild case of this.
- Awful Truth: Troy finding out her mother is sick with cancer and she asks, "Why didn't anyone tell me?"
- Bilingual Bonus: "Puta" is Spanish for "Whore"
- The Bully: Peanut
- Cranky Neighbor: Tony Eyes isn't just cranky, he's annoying and a pretty lousy neighbor overall.
- Dreadful Musician: Tommy La-La. Also Tony Eyes.
- Epistolary: Some parts of the story are narrated by Carolyn's letters
- Fish-Eye Lens: The whole episode at Aunt Song's is filmed in this manner, to capture the surreal feeling Troy haves about this upscale suburb living.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Briefly, with Minnie and the bodega owner
- Ill Girl: Carolyn and she later dies
- Ironic Name: Peanut is noted to be a big girl and she is
- Jerk Ass: There's plenty.
- Clinton is not only selfish, he picks on his siblings quite a lot.
- Wendell can have his moments too.
- Tony Eyes is a bitter, unpleasant jerk.
- Snuffy and Right Hand Man terrorize the neighborhood when they aren't high (or, at times, when they are).
- Peanut and Nate both are bullies who make life difficult for Troy.
- Killed Offscreen: We don't see Carolyin's death, just the aftermath.
- Mr Muffykins: Aunt Song's dog Queenie
- Outnumbered Sibling: Troy is the only girl child
- Perpetual Poverty: The family is down, but not out. But barely not out. Carolyn is a teacher who is overworked and underpaid, and Woody is a classical pianist and composer who doesn't want to compromise his artistry and play more marketable music. This causes a lot of friction between the couple.
- Pet the Dog: After being a total creep for most of the movie, Clinton holds his sister's hand to comfort her at their mother's funeral.
- Promoted To Parent: Troy, after Carolyn's death, elevates herself up to maternal figure, especially due to being the only girl child.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Vic.
- Talk to the Fist: Vic wallops Tony Eyes when Tony won't stop screaming in his face... when all Vic was trying to do was get everyone to calm down.
- The '70s: Takes place mostly in the summer of 1973.
- The Stoner: Snuffy and Right Hand, who are often seen huffing glue.
- Tomboyish Name: Troy's. Somewhat fitting as she is a tomboy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Troy's friend Minnie isn't seen at the end and neither is Tommy La-La