Spike Lee returns to the Brooklyn neighborhood milieu of DO THE RIGHT THING, setting a semi-autobiographical family drama against the sights and sounds of an early 1970s summer. While Lee fails to impose sufficient structure on his material, expertly drawn performances help vividly to
evoke the family and street life of an era untroubled by crack or drive-by shootings.
On a well-kept block in Brooklyn, the Carmichaels, a lower middle-class African-American family, occupy a brownstone amidst a multiracial mix of colorful and eccentric neighbors. As summer beckons, the kids--Clinton (Carlton Williams), Wendell (Sharif Rashid), Nate (Christopher Knowings),