Episode 63

Published on:

17th Apr 2024

Set It Off is a groundbreaking film. Here's why.

Today on Hip Hop Movie Club: Set It Off, the 1996 heist movie starring Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett, and Kimberly Elise that was groundbreaking – in more ways than one!

Topics discussed:

  • This is Queen Latifah's first lead role, and one of the best performances of a rapper turned actor πŸ‘‘
  • This film is also an ode to Black women friendship and sisterhood, with strong performances from the four leads to match πŸ‘©πŸΎ
  • We see an early instance of an LGBTQ relationship in a major motion picture, and it's handled well without making it a clumsy plot point πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ
  • The soundtrack is hip hop heavy and important to the heist sequences 🎀
  • Some of the themes (police brutality, racism, sexism, systemic oppression) are sadly still relevant, which gives the film a poignant quality πŸ˜“

Also check out:

The Film Experience: Gay Best Friend: Cleo (Queen Latifah) in "Set It Off" (1996)

Nerdist: A Brief History of Black Queer Representation in Cinema

Autostraddle: β€œSet It Off” Is the Queer Tribute to Black Women’s Friendship We Need After a Summer of Black Mourning


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