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Set It Off

Presented in Celebration of The PEI Pride Festival

14A, sexual content, strong language, violence.
Dir: F. Gary Gray.
US, 1996, 123 min.
Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox.

“Rob a bank? Sure, why not. Each of the four L.A. housing-project girlfriends who get into the heist business in Set It Off has been messed up by the system, and none have anything to lose. Frankie was recently fired from her bank-teller job. Tisean, a single mother, has lost her toddler son to child welfare until she can come up with the money she needs to pay for child care while she cleans offices. Cleo, a raucous, pot-smoking lesbian, is always up for messing around. And Stony, in shock after cops kill her brother in a case of mistaken identity, just wants the means to get out… So the girls get guns, learn to shoot, put on wigs and sunglasses that make their bad old selves look like early Tina Turner clones, and go into the bank-robbing business – the success of which inevitably leaves them wanting more. You can hear echoes of Boyz N the Hood, Thelma & Louise, and even Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in Set It Off, but none of those influences account for the very particular, very engaging dark and loose qualities of this fresh piece of work… Sisterhood (and, in Tisean’s case, motherhood) binds these friends together in ways no boy in the hood could understand… Set It Off [is] a valuable model for a new kind of girl-pack story: one that’s not just for girls.” —Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly


July 16
7:00 pm
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City Cinema
64 King St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1B3 Canada
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