Movie Quote of the Day – Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, 1996 (dir. Paris Barclay)
Ashtray: It hurt me to wake up and see my beautiful black people suffer, victimized by the oppressive, harsh realities of the hood. I guess, even though we were free, we were still slaves… in the mind.
La boulangère: Anything else?
Boni: A nice, long French stick.
La boulangère: They’re all the same length.
Harriet M. Welsch: It’s too hard. It’s not worth it.
Ole Golly: Aw, never say that, Harriet. You’re worth it. You’re an individual, and you know something? That makes people nervous. And it’s going to keep making people nervous your whole life.
Harriet M. Welsch: My whole life?
Ole Golly: Yep.
Harriet M. Welsch: What do I do?
Ole Golly: You stay true to Harriet and you accept the cost.
Cheryl: Hi, I’m Cheryl and I’m a filmmaker. Uh, no, I’m not really a filmmaker, but I have a videotaping business with my friend Tamara and I work at a video store, so I’m working on being a filmmaker. The problem is I don’t know what I want to make a film on. I know it has to be about black women because our stories have never been told, so I’ve been renting movies — no, I haven’t been renting movies, but I get movies from the video store I work at and I’ve taken out all these films from the 30s and 40s with black actresses in them, like, um Hattie McDaniel and Louise Beavers and um, in these films, in some of these films, the black actresses aren’t even listed in the credits and I was just totally shocked by that.
I’m not sure if I saw this first or the first film adaptation of Robert Nathan’s book, 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife (with one of my favorite Cary Grant performances!), but I did watch this movie A LOT in the late-90s when it was on TV all the time (I think TBS?) I did, however, have no idea that Penny Marshall directed it until I noticed it was on Netflix last week. I decided it was time I revisited this film (not the least of which because Denzel Washington is so goddamn charming as Dudley!)