Movie Stats & Links
||Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett,
Julia Stiles, Andrew Keegan, Martin Sheen
||Leave them at home. The
dude who brought his little girls had 3 girls balling their
||It's a good drama/tragedy, but
she might wonder if you're just playing her.
||No real nudity but some pretty
graphic sex scenes.
||People get offed in the end.
||Not really - mostly a drama.
||The ending sequence.
||Coach dad says to son, Hugo, and
it really sums up the movie: "You stay here and finish
||Tim Blake Nelson
||Eric Gitter, Anthony Rhulen,
Daniel L. Fried
I donít think I've ever read "Othello" so I
wonít even try to put any comparisons between it and the movie
"O", nor do I think it really needs any comparison because
"O" stands on its own as a movie about the destructive power of jealousy and revenge in the hands of the wrong
A Movie Review
The "O" in this movie is Odin (Mekhi Phifer). He's the
only black student at a southern prep school where everyone loves
him, alright, almost everyone. Sure, he has a nice personality, but
itís really his basketball skills that most people love because
Odinís gonna bring them a championship. Heís got the hot
girlfriend in Desi (Julia Stiles) and Coach (Martin Sheen) loves him
like a son. This doesnít sit well with Hugo (Josh Hartnett), who
happens to be the coachís biological son, and really doesnít sit
well when Odin spotlights Michael (Andrew Keegan), another teammate
as the main reason the basketball team is doing so well. Yea, you
guessed it, Hugo feels dissed because even though he doesnít do
all of the scoring, heís the one grabbing the rebounds and setting
up the picks so Odin can score. Whatís a vindictive prick to do?
Well, of course you hit the dude where it hurts, starting with his
girl. So Hugo begins this complex plan to get Odin jealous by making
Odin think Michael and Desi are getting it on, and you know what
happens when a dude think their girl is cheating on him Ė they get
all crazy in the head and canít think straight, and this fall
right into Hugoís plan as he works on totally destroying Odin,
returning himself to the best loved son in his family.
But, as best laid plans sometimes go, well, Hugoís gets a
little too complex and involves a few too many people. Sadly,
though, this comes out a little too late as Hugoís ultimate plan
to destroy Desi, Michael, and Odin ends in a few extra people
"O" is a movie that doesnít try to get too complex
and keeps things rolling quickly in a movie that clocks in at just
over and hour and half. It doesnít get preachy, it just tells the
story, and letís you see how conniving some people can actually
be. Phifer is great as Odin, the kid who just gets played and in the
end just wants people to know he was a good person, from a normal
family, and really just wanted to lead a normal life. Stiles, even
though this movie was shot a couple of years prior to its release,
shows she has been coming into her own as an actress quickly, and
Josh Hartnett is great as the kid we really hate because heís
makes us believe his character is just a total prick on the inside.
"O" comes right to the point and shows that people can
really be vindictive if they want to be, and how a personís trust
can totally be used against them. It doesnít sugar-coat things,
shows the damage that can be done, and in the end does it in a
violent way. But, sadly, thatís usually the way it ends up being
As supposedly shocking as "O" is supposed to be it
really just tells how things sometimes are and without stretching
the movie to epic lengths. If you want a good drama/tragedy, go see
"O", even pay full price for it. If youíre looking for
the feel-good movie of the year, this definitely isnít it. Itís
4 stars out of 5 for "O".
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!