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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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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:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,872,267, 18 July 2019
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There is only a 6 year age difference between Richard Roundtree (Shaft I) and Samuel L. Jackson (Shaft II). See more »

Goofs

Shaft offers his son an alcoholic drink, then says that JJ would probably prefer a water with lime. JJ then starts to say that lime juice is alkaline and is healthier for you. But lime juice is made up of citric acid (Vitamin C) and would actually make the water acidic. See more »

Quotes

John Shaft I: Boy, back in the day, we didn't need guns. All we needed was our bare knuckles.
[reveals an arsenal of firearms]
John Shaft I: But you can't be too prepared.
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Crazy Credits

Midway through the end credits, a hip-hop song abruptly stops, we hear a radio scanning, and then it lands in the middle of an old-school R&B ballad. This is a callback to a scene earlier in the film when Jackson changes the station on the car radio. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Big Bird's Big Break (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

You Know What It Is
Written by Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis (as Jerry Duplessis), T.I. (as Clifford Harris), Wyclef Jean and Sedeck Jean (as Farel Jean)
Performed by T.I. featuring Wyclef Jean
Courtesy of Grand Hustle, LLC/Cinq Records, LLC
By arrangement with Cinq Records, LLC
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Politically-Incorrect Fun
27 June 2019 | by sme3See all my reviews

While watching this film, one might constantly wonder "How did a film like this get made in 2019?" Shaft is a wildly politically-incorrect film. It feels like a mediocre 1980s action comedy, but it is almost always fun to watch. Jessie T. Usher struggles to compete with Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree, which makes the film uneven. Jackson breaks no new ground with his performance, but he is a consistent delight to watch.


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