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.
  • 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.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: A gender-flipped and downplayed example, with Tony Eyes, as he has more than a couple of dogs living with him in a rather small apartment. However, unlike most examples, he's very unpleasant.
  • 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.
  • Happily Adopted: Subverted, as Viola doesn't much care for her adoptive mother, Song
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-Universe example: "Man I'd rather have a father than a mother any day!"
  • 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 and he's the little brother.
    • 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.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Woody and Carolyn's relationship could be summed up as this, as most of what we see them do is argue, though they do have loving moments (i.e, Woody and Carolyn going on a date)
  • 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.
  • Those Two Guys: Snuffy and Right Hand.
  • 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
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