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SuperFly

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for violence and language throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, and drug content.
Not Recommended
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Action Crime Drama
Length:
1 hr. 56 min.
Year of Release:
2018
USA Release:
June 13, 2018 (wide—2,200 theaters)
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Featuring: Jennifer Morrison … Detective Mason
Trevor Jackson … Youngblood Priest
Michael Kenneth Williams …
Lex Scott Davis … Georgia
Andrea Londo … Cynthia
Jason Mitchell … Eddie
Allen Maldonado … Litty
Adriyan Rae … Candice Simmons - College Girl
Terayle Hill … Dee
Omar Chaparro … Adalberto
Big Boi …
Dawntavia Bullard … Monique
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Director: Director X.
Producer: Columbia Pictures
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Distributor: Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “This movie follows an African American cocaine dealer who tries to secure one more deal before getting out of the business. It is a remake of ‘Superfly’ (1972) - the film that helped define a genre in its characters, look, sound, and feel. The film is reimagined by Director X, director of music videos featuring Drake, Rihanna, etc.), introducing it to a new generation. The screenplay is by Alex Tse.”

  • Violence: Extreme
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Extreme—f-words (100), “mother-f**…” (25), “p*ssy” (2), “sh*t” (60+), “a**” (4), son of a b*tch
  • Profane language: Heavy—“J*sus” (1), “God d*mn” (4), “d*mn” (4), “h*ll” (3)
  • Nudity: Extreme
  • Sex: Very Heavy
  • Occult: None

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Secular Movie Critics
…rap-video extravagance and mob-movie bloodshed…
Keith Watson, Slant
…This high-gloss take on Gordon Parks Jr’s funky vision of the hustle goes so far into sheer, unabashed rap-video excess that calling it gratuitous would miss the point. Until it suddenly, brutally isn’t. …
Charles Bramesco, The Guardian [UK]
…“Superfly” may be suffused with political fury, but it is also unapologetically awash in cheap, disreputable B-movie thrills. …
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
…Somewhere between ridiculously stylish and stylishly ridiculous lies “Superfly,” a modern so-bad-it’s-kinda-good remake of the 1970s blaxploitation classic that offers as much close-up twerking as kung fu fighting. …
Brian Truitt, USA Today
…a fairly standard drug-dealer thriller… escapes superficiality thanks largely to strong performances from Jackson, Jason Mitchell as Priest’s workmanlike partner, Eddie, and Michael Kenneth Williams as Priest’s mentor, Scatter. …
Sara Stewart, New York Post
…It holds your attention yet leaves you with nothing. …
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…This “Superfly” is all hair and clothes and cars. There’s nothing beneath the surface. …
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…visually flat, relying too much on oft-repeated motifs of rap videos rather than the ingenuity I expected. By the fourth time someone “made it rain” around strippers or executed a gory shoot-out, I gave up on potentially seeing something new. …
Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
…Neither as satisfying as the remake of “Shaft”nor as objectionable as the remake of “Death Wish,” the second coming of Superfly wants to tap into that same ’70s grindhouse allure and put a similarly slick modern gloss on it. The results are pretty mixed.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
…a terrible movie. It is slick, and it boasts action, hot tunes and style to spare. But beyond the polish that a deep-pocketed studio backer can buy—in this case, Sony's Columbia Pictures shingle—this is a shamefully hollow movie that fails on multiple levels. …
Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune
…just a bore…
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter