Hav Plenty

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Lee Plenty (Christopher Cherot) is currently homeless because he's writing a novel. A friend, Haviland (Chenoa Maxwell), has him stay in her New York apartment while she is in Washington and visiting her family. Later, over the New Year's holiday, Haviland invites lonely Lee to the family gathering in Washington. Unbeknownst to Haviland, Lee is desperately in love with her. Once he's in Washington, all of Haviland's female friends try to win over Lee, but they proclaim he's gay because of his lack of interest. But he only has eyes for Haviland. Haviland's grandmother sees the truth in Lee's eyes and advises Haviland to look at Lee again. When Haviland looks at Lee, all she sees is a nice, poor guy. This low budget delightful romance is causing a lot of favorable comment at festivals and in the African-American community. It is being hailed as closer to real life than most "black" films. Although the editing and sound are imperfect the film should quickly earn back it's budget and more.

The first image on the screen is a quote from Philippians 4:20, and Lee keeps a Bible in his suitcase. But in one scene he is holding an unlit, rolled marijuana cigarette. However, no one is ever shown using drugs. In a dream , when Lee sees himself drinking alcohol, he looses all his teeth and spits them out one by one. Also,when Lee is offered the opportunity to kiss and sleep with several women, he refuses. At the core of his heart, he is a romantic in love with a beautiful woman who doesn't love him back. Haviland, on the other hand, enjoys the expensive gifts her never-present, promiscuous boyfriend gives her, but she admits she resents the fellow's philandering ways. Along with the film's adult theme comes plenty of crudities and obscenities, including 27 f- and s-words. But the characters, who are sincerely trying to do their best, are willing to change and become better people. When Haviland's sister and her husband are having trouble in their marriage, the husband fights desperately to retain her love. HAV PLENTY has some redeeming qualities, but its crude and obscene language is enough to turn away discriminating moviegoers.

Preview Reviewer: Theresa Zumwalt
Miramax Films,375 Greenwich, NY,NY 10013

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (18) times - Mild (10), Moderate (8)

Obscene Language: Many (35) times - (s-word 7, f-word 20, other 8)

Profanity: Few (3) times - Regular 2 (GD, God's sake), Exclamatory 1 (Oh my God)

Violence: Man slugs another in the stomach once

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (one extremely crude phrase; man accused of being gay several times)

Drugs: Few times (Alcohol drinking and man holds unlit marijuana cigarette)

Other: Toilet explodes in a woman's face

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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