Film / Crooklyn

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Peanut and Nate both are bullies who make life difficult for Troy.
  • 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.
  • 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