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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 1998 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Nominees • Love Jones

Love Jones

“Romance is about the possibility of the thing.”

Love Jones hit theaters in 1997 as writer/director Theodore Witcher’s acclaimed debut. With an eclectic jazz soundtrack and romantic story filled with poetry slams, complex relationships, and career passions, the film earned praise and award nominations. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue the 1998 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Nominees series with a conversation about Witcher’s 1997 film Love Jones.

We Are at Odds With These Characters and Their Messy Relationships

In our lively chat, we dive into the characters and their relationships. We discuss how Andy connect’s with Nina and Darius’ messy, on-again-off-again romance and the realistic motivations behind their poor decisions – whereas Pete does not. Though we don’t always agree, we explore their complex connection and the miscommunications and betrayals that plague their path to love. Their story represents one filled with the universal relationship struggles we all face on the road to maturity. But does the script work?

A Few Additional Areas of Conversation Regarding Love Jones

  • Passionate debate on the casting, particularly of lead actor Lorenz Tate – too young and naive or just right?
  • Our differing views on the authenticity of the script and dialogue
  • Examining the photography backdrop and Nina’s career motivations
  • The interesting social commentary within the group of friends

Other Notable Discussion Points

  • Appreciation for the supporting cast like Isaiah Washington and Lisa Nicole Carson
  • The effectiveness of the melancholy jazz score and hip soundtrack
  • Our thoughts on the photography capturing life in 1990s Chicago
  • The timeless nature of relationship struggles depicted

For a look at the origins of a modern black romance classic, tune in to hear our in-depth conversation on all aspects of Love Jones. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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