Lee is a filmmaker who, through talent, accomplishment, and a constant working of the refs in the Hollywood system, has earned autonomy over his films. I'm all for artistic freedom, but here he could have used a bit of oversight.
Notorious is a pretty standard biopic, and is probably largely compromised. If you've never seen Nick Broomfield's excellent 2002 doco Biggie And Tupac, you'd be better served hunting that down instead.
Looks like a comedy-it's not, it's just confusing!
I picked this DVD up to replace another one. Appeared to be a comedy, it really isn't . It's confusing & has some very serious parts in it. Additionally none of the story lines are wrapped up in the end & leave you hanging. Even the teens who watched it were disappointed...not just the adults!
First-time director James Gartner observes all the rituals--the coach busting chops, the team sneaking out to party--but the players are indifferently characterized and the civil rights story has a fake Black History Month feel.