Rated R 2005

Single-letter abbreviations are popular among the hip-hop kids these days. And so, much as O was a contemporary cinematic update of Othello, G updates The Great Gatsby to the nouveau riche hip-hop set in the Hamptons, albeit with a few more liberties to Fitzgerald than most would dare take with Shakespeare. Richard T. Jones is Summer G, the fabulously well-off but lonely music mogul who briefly rekindles a spark with the love of his life, Sky (Chenoa Maxwell), the one who got away and is now married to an abusive, philandering ass (Blair Underwood). Caught in between is Sky's cousin Tracy (Andre Royo), who works for her hubbie's father but would prefer that she ends up with the gentler G. Director Christopher Scott Cherot (Hav Plenty) has an ambiguous attitude toward hip-hop -- initially he seems to be defying stereotypes; by the end, however, he apparently endorses the notion that rap is for heartless thugs. But props for being more ambitious than the average contemporary black romantic drama.



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