With big names like: Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Wesley Snipes, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Harris, La La Vazquez, Dave Chappelle, David Patrick Kelly, D. B. Sweney and Teyonah Parris, how can you go wrong?
“Chi-Raq” is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes.
Side Note: For those who never heard of “Lysistrata”, here is a quick lesson in ancient Greek plays. During the Peloponnesian War, a beautiful woman by the name of, Lysistrata(meaning “Army Disbander”), persuades the women of Greece to withhold sex from their men in hopes to end to the war.
So this adaptation has the girlfriend(Teyonah Parris) of a Chicago gang leader(Nick Cannon) persuading other frustrated women to abstain from sex until their men agree to end the senseless cycle of violence.
Makes you wonder, could this really work?
Directed by: Spike Lee
Written By: Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott
In Theaters: Dec 4, 2015 Limited
Box Office: $2.1M
Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.