The feature debut of writer/director Spike Lee, She's Gotta Have It is a 1986 romantic comedy-drama starring Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell and Lee himself, about a woman seeing three men at the same time. Many people know of it from the early Nike Air Jordan commercials, which featured Lee as his character Mars Blackmon.
This film contains examples of:
- Big Applesauce: The film is set in 1980s Brooklyn.
- Casanova Wannabe: Mars Blackmon.
- The below mentioned Overly Long Gag has several men who fit this trope.
- Creator Cameo: Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon, a role he reprised in a series of Nike Air Jordan commercials.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Save for one color scene, the film is entirely in black and white.
- Offscreen Breakup: By the end of the movie Nola dumps Mars and Greer to commit to Jamie, but in the final scene she reveals that she couldn't stand monogamy and their relationship collapsed.
- Overly Long Gag: The scene of several men giving hilariously bad pick-up lines.
- Rape as Drama: Near the end of the movie, Jamie, who spends most of the movie as a Dogged Nice Guy, rapes Nola when he gets fed up with her having multiple relationships with other men. It's coupled with some quick-cuts to Mars and Greer doing the same thing, which appear when Jamie asks Nola if they've ever done this before, which seems to imply that it has.
- Shout-Out: For Nola's birthday surprise, Jamie tells her to "Click your heels three times and repeat after me: 'There's no place like home.'" After she obliges, the film suddenly goes from black-and-white to color.
- Terrible Pick-Up Lines: There's a montage of bad pickup lines including the classic "Baby, you're so fine, I'd drink a tub of your bath water."