Passing Strange

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Released 2009

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Director:
Spike Lee
Released:
2009
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Passing Strange is a 2009 musical directed by Spike Lee. The Narrator (Mark Stewart) introduces the protagonist of the story, the Youth (Daniel Breaker). The Youth grows up in Los Angeles during the 1970s. At first, the young black man follows his family's Christian religion, but soon he starts feeling a calling to something different. To the dismay of his mother (Eisa Davis), the Youth begins experimenting with Zen buddhism; in a bid for her son's soul, the Youth's mother takes him to church, where he is unexpectedly struck by the power of the music. He meets new friends in the church choir, including the beautiful, popular Edwina (De'Adre Aziza) and the subversive Mr. Franklin (Colman Domingo), who introduces the Youth to drugs. Before very long, the Youth decides that he needs to travel to Europe to fully experience the radical ideologies and lifestyles of the bohemian crowd. In Europe, his mind is challenged by all kinds of new experiences.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I can't single out a performance. This is a superb ensemble, conveying hat joy actors feel when hey know they're good in good material. This is not a traditional feature, but it's ...

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A show not simply preserved by Mr. Lee's camera, but brought, somehow, to its fullest, strangest, most electrifying realization.

  • 80

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    This first-rate multicamera transcript of a terrific show should delight musical fans (and many who think they aren't) as a niche broadcast item.

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    Arts, Drama, Music

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    Historical, Musicals, Showbiz