Sheba Baby Documentary Analysis

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[tab] SHEBA, BABY Blaxploitation films are a type of genre that I get a kick out of. They are wild, gritty, full of nudity, and beautiful women. The last movie that checked all those boxes off was Coffy, which also starred Pam Grier (Coffy Review). It was a film full of boobs, violence and jive talking dudes getting blasted away by the righteous Pam Grier. I was hoping that the tradition would continue with Sheba, Baby, but unfortunately, Pam Grier was at a point in her career where she wanted to broaden her acting abilities and refused to do the movie if there was any nudity. (That sound you're hearing is my heart breaking.) Due to those demands, Sheba, Baby comes off as a blaxploitation flick with hardly any violence, no nudity, and a light-hearted approach. It's not a bad film by any means, but rather a fun time waster, but a big part of me feels that it could have been so much more. Read on to see if you agree... [tab] Sheba, Baby…show more content…
The film starts off introducing us to her private detective character Sheba Shayne, who learns of her father being harassed by a group of tough guys. She heads to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to help out and quickly gets wrapped up in taking down the baddies by herself, constantly refusing help from her past lover Brick Williams, played by Assault on Precinct 13's Austin Stoker. Sheba, Baby cuts out most of the things that make a blaxploitation film so darn delectable. You'll have the prerequisite cat fight, but gone is the in your face nudity. There are plenty of guns fights and loads of action scenes, but the grittiness is missing, replaced with a light-hearted vibe. The bad guys in the movie come across as caricatures, playing everything up to the point where the goofiness is boiling over. Much of that isn't a bad thing, as you'll definitely get a laugh or two during certain purposely funny
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