It's been fifteen years since the film Love Jones debuted in March 1997. Written and directed by Theodore Witcher, the film follows the romance of Nina Mosley and Darius Lovehall, two young artistic souls who meet at a poetry reading in Chicago. What starts out as a supposed one-night-stand blossoms into so much more.
I watched Love Jones for the first time when I was in high school. And I enjoyed it. It was romantic and urban but elegant, the actors, Nia Long and Larenz Tate, were young and attractive, and already famous for being in other films I had enjoyed. Namely, Friday and Menace II Society.
I remember thinking that the film was so mature. Their world: smoky jazz clubs, dinner parties with heavy conversation, girl talk, single living and all that good stuff---while relate-able, was still years ahead for me. I thought perhaps that this film and those that would follow (The Best Man and several others) would be something like my life in the future....Wishful thinking perhaps, but remember that I was only a teenager...
So watching it again as a young woman, (now a post-college, adult working woman with her own place), I have found a new love and appreciation for the film. I can't say that my life has in any way mirrored the film's image of young adulthood, but I can say that I understand the film and its subtext even more.
Love Jones has always been one of my favorite films but it has now become a film that I have grown to love even more. Don't you just love that? It really speaks to the timelessness and artistic quality of the film. And with this being its fifteenth anniversary, other fans of the film are all talking about it. In fact, there's been some talk that the film may even have a sequel.
I hope so. But only if it does the original justice...
Either way, I realize that we don't have this caliber of film anymore. I have not seen any films like this since the early 2000s. And I think we deserve it.
Hollywood, I hope you're listening.
Running Time: 1 Hour, 44 Minutes
Director: Theodore Witcher
Writers: Theodore Witcher
Starring: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson, Bill Bellamy.