THE INKWELL, the second film directed by 21-year-old wunderkind Matty Rich (STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN), emerges as an African-American take on the rebellious teen movies of the 1950s, with a TEA AND SYMPATHY spin. Despite an accomplished ensemble cast, THE INKWELL is ideologically
confused and surprisingly feeble.
The film is set during the 1970s in Oak Bluffs, known as "The Inkwell," an African-American beach enclave within Martha's Vineyard. Teenaged Drew Tate (Larenz Tate) is suspected by his working-class parents, Kenny and Brenda (Joe Morton and Suzzanne Douglas), of having attempted to burn their
house down. Kenny, a militant ex-Black Panther, is afraid ...