Copyright 1999-2003 3BlackChicks Enterprises™. All Rights Reserved.


The Diva's review of
Antwone Fisher (2002)


(click here to skip to this movie's rating)

Viewed at Pacific Place
Rated PG-13; running time of 117 minutes
Genre: Drama
Written by: Antwone Fisher
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Cast: Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Denzel Washington, Salli Richardson, Earl Billings, Kevin Connolly, Viola Davis


The Digest

Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke) has a hair trigger temper that keeps him in trouble. So much trouble that it is threatening his career in the Navy. As a last ditch effort, his Commanding Officer orders him to take a psych evaluation or face getting kicked out of the service. It is here that he crosses paths with Dr. Davenport (Denzel Washington).

At first Antwone won't open up to Dr. Davenport, but once he does, there is no turning back. For the first time he is open and honest about his childhood - the source of his anger. His father was killed before he was born, his mother gave birth to him while she was in jail and he was immediately placed into foster care.

Eventually, he lands in the home of the Tate's - a storefront preacher and his wife. Mrs. Tate (Novella Nelson) is a horrible, horrible woman. She beats him within an inch of his life for the slightest infractions. She belittles him and refuses to call him anything, but "nigger". If this isn't enough the Tate's have a female boarder who molests him on a regular basis. His only solace is his best friend, Jesse, but before long Jesse is taken from him too.

After hearing all of this Dr. Davenport determines that the only thing that is really going to help Antwone is to confront his past and try to find his mother. He needs to feel empowered and he needs some questions answered. Antwone doesn't want to bother with all of that. He has taken to Dr. Davenport and his wife, looking up to them as parental figures and he has a girlfriend, plus he is starting to get his anger under control. But it's just a Band-Aid, he really needs to get to the root of his problems and he can only do that by going back to where it all started.

The Dish

Wow, what a powerful movie - and very difficult to watch. Watching a child being abused is always hard to watch, but I wouldn't have missed this movie for the world. Derek Luke is phenomenal even if he does tend to over act a bit. In my opinion there wasn't one weak link in the entire cast. Even the actors that were on screen for only 3 minutes made those a memorable 3 minutes. The screenplay was solid. I found a few shots that Mr. Washington set up to be a bit odd, but for the most part his directorial debut was outstanding.

I do have to admit that I was a bit disappointed that the images of some of the black folks were so negative, but this is a true story and it is Antwone's and I can't expect him to sugar coat his story because of my racial sensibilities. And my lord, how did he survive it all?

The Directive

This is a heavy movie, but worth it. Check it out.


An emotionally powerful tear jerker that rips your heart out, but when all is said and done it leaves you smiling and triumphing with Antwone Fisher.

back to top

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2002
ICQ: 8690410

Use the feedback form below to send your comments to The Diva

More 3BlackChicks™ review(s) for this week:
(movies reviewed through 12/31/02):
The Diva's reviews:
Antwone Fisher

Bams' reviews:
Antwone Fisher | Catch Me If You Can | Far From Heaven

So, what do you think of this flick, or of the above commentary on it? Fill out the information below to let us know...

Would you like a response? Of course! Nah, not really...
Email address: (required)
What's your URL?

How did you find out about our site?
Link from another website   
other Usenet newsgroup   
email or mailing list   
search engine
other referral method   

    Which review are you commenting on?

    May we have your permission to post your comments on our site?
    Sure! Nope.

Comments (be as verbose as you'd like):

We take review requests! Movie review requested:

Want to share your thoughts and commentary with 3BC and others on this, or any other, show you've seen? Visit our "Viewer Voices" ™ webboard and let all of us hear what you have to say!

Search: Enter keywords... logo

Your visits to our sponsors help support 3BC!



Home Page

Check this site weekly for more reviews!