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Shaft (2019)

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JJ Shaft, a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.

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Tim Story

Writers:

Ernest Tidyman (based upon the character John Shaft from the novel by), Kenya Barris | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... John Shaft
Jessie T. Usher ... JJ Shaft
Richard Roundtree ... John Shaft, Sr.
Regina Hall ... Maya Babanikos
Alexandra Shipp ... Sasha Arias
Matt Lauria ... Major Gary Cutworth
Titus Welliver ... Special Agent Vietti
Method Man ... Freddy P. (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)
Isaach De Bankolé ... Pierro 'Gordito' Carrera
Avan Jogia ... Karim Hassan
Luna Lauren Velez ... Bennie Rodriguez (as Luna Lauren Vélez)
Robbie Jones ... Sergeant Keith Williams
Aaron Dominguez ... Staff Sergeant Eddie Dominguez
Ian Casselberry ... Manuel Orozco
Almeera Jiwa ... Anam
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Storyline

JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather coat, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

More Shaft than you can handle.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaft See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,901,419, 16 June 2019

Gross USA:

$21,360,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,360,215
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film will be released on Netflix streaming services internationally. See more »

Goofs

The opening scenes were set in 1984 yet there are multiple modern cars seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

John Shaft Jr.: Is there no non-violent people in Harlem?
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

I Ain't No Joke
Written by Eric B. (as Eric Barrier) and Rakim (as William Griffin)
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim
Courtesy of Island Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Theme from the Planets"
Performed by Dexter Wansel
Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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only works if you take it for what it is
15 July 2019 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Latest entry in the titular detective series is pretty standard stuff, but worth a look for followers of the character and the actors involved. The focus this time is on John 'JJ' Shaft, III, a timid analyst with the FBI who's forced to team up with-and clash with the "old school" methods of his father John Shaft, II while investigating the death of a close friend. It's a waste of time to get into the intricacies of the plot because most of it makes little sense, and is not of any real significance considering the goal is to watch and enjoy the banter between the actors, plus throw out lots of in-jokes and a colorful soundtrack to liven things up. Usher lacks charisma (possibly by design) but Jackson is in full badass mode which makes for more enjoyable moments than you'd expect, and Roundtree is also on hand as an added bonus for devotees of the original series. While it's somewhat fun to see three generations of the same character on screen, there's nothing really special here for them to work with. **


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