O Movie Review Summary

Actors: Mehki Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles

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A modernized retelling of William Shakespeare's Othello, O changes its setting to an elite private school in the American South. Odin (Mekhi Phifer) is the only black student at Palmetto Grove and also the star basketball player, with hopes of reaching the NBA. A popular student, he is dating Desi Brable (Julia Stiles), the daughter of the school's dean (John Heard), and they are deeply devoted to each other despite their different backgrounds. His best friend Hugo (Josh Hartnett) is a starter on the basketball team, and the son of the hard-driving coach Duke Goulding (Martin Sheen), who considers Odin as much his son as Hugo. Hugo is jealous of Odin's widespread popularity, so he hatches a scheme to ruin Odin's reputation with the help of Roger (Elden Henson), his rich roommate who will do anything to be popular and get Desi's attention. Through carefully planned revenge, he begins to make Odin believe that Desi is carrying out an affair with teammate Michael (Andrew Keegan). As Odin begins to receive merely coincidental signs to prove it, he begins to slowly lose his grounding and turns to Hugo for help, not knowing that he is being set up. As the basketball season comes to a close, Odin becomes jealous.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Tanya McKnight

Based on William Shakespeare's Othello, O is a movie directed by Tim Blake Nelson in 2001.

The basketball team of a South Carolina high school is the excitement of the year. Thanks to its coach Martin Sheen but above all thanks to Odin, the only black student of the school. Sheen is loving Odin as if the young man were his own son. Hugo, Sheen's son and also player in the basketball team, imagines a machiavelic scheme in order to gain back his father's affection. He will persuade his friend Odin that Desi, the Dean's daughter and Odin's girl-friend, is cheating on him. Hugo won't be afraid of implanting the idea of murder in Odin's jealous mind.

O is a superb movie reinventing Shakespeare's tale and presenting some impressive basket ball action.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Interracial loving!
The review of this Movie prepared by Josh Gilchrist

A black man (O) and a white woman (Desi) are in love. O's friend Hugo resolves to discredit O by making him thing Desi is unfaithful.
The review of this Movie prepared by Joshua Engel

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kind of sports story:    -   basketball Sports story?    -   Yes Lover is...    -   of another race (interracial loving!) Age group    -   trouble in high school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South Misc setting    -   school    -   sports arena

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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