Tina-Halle Terry | Sacramento, CA U.S.A. | 06/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a fan of Essence Atkins since her days on the late WB sitcom "The Smart Guy" back in the late 1990s, I have always wanted to know what else she was doing in the way of acting projects.This film gave me an answer.The story of a 17-year-old girl living with her religious widowed mother (Roz Ryan, who co-produced the film) in Southern California, Essence plays the title character, Nikita, a smart yet feisty, sassy female who sells clothes from her job at a clothing store to fellow students at her high school as well as has a thing for a very handsome English teacher at her school (Kenney Lee) who happens to be engaged to the school's associate principal (Mari Morrow). In spite of all the high-risk behavior Nikita is taking, she is willing to stop at nothing to get what she wants. I often wondered how Essence would fare in a lead role versus the supporting role she had on The Smart Guy. This movie gave me an answer. Not only did I like Essence's intelligent yet sassy persona--adjacent to her Smart Guy character yet more understated there--but she was also able to convey different types of emotions in displaying the conflict of a teenager trying to move on and help her family out in light of her father's passing. Down the stretch, when things became undone for Nikita, Essence displayed remarkable depth I wished I had in standing up to my parents at her character's age. Yes, this movie, as it goes along, has something of a Christian undercurrent to it, yet keeps things on an even keel without becoming overtly preachy nor judgmental. As the climactic scene approaches, certain points of God and faith get brought up in ways not always approached in adjacent films with such an underlying presence. And those points not only come about with the title character, but also some of the supporting players as well--all of whom chimmed in loudly and largely. Here, Nikita Blues, in making its point, does so without the tremendous heavy-handedness evident in some other instances. It gives up just enough to let the viewer sense what it is about. For that, I also credit Marc Cayce, who directed, wrote and produced the film. I truly enjoyed this movie--especially Essence Atkins herself. May we please be able to see more of her not only in other projects in the future, but also being able to carry the ball to literal daylight, in the lead role, as she clearly did in this production."
WHY DO PEOPLE HATE THIS WONDERFUL FILM! GET GOD!!!
pankysweet | SOUTHFIELD ,MI 48075 | 12/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PEACE AND BLESSINGS EVERYONE!
WHY DO ALL OF YOU PEOPLE, NOT LIKE A MOVIE WITH A MESSAGE?
SOMETHING YOU CAN LEARN FROM!
TO UPLIFT YOUR SOUL!
WELL THAT'S THE DEVIL!!!!
ANY WAY THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE!
I WILL SAY, I HATE THE PART OF THE DUMB ACTING WHITE MAN THAT WANTS TO RAPE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS HE SEE'S!
THEY COULD HAVE LEFT THAT PART OUT!
REV. WAYNE T. JACKSON PRODUCED THIS FILM!
BRANDON T. JACKSON PLAYS NIKITA BEST FRIEND!
THE GUY THAT IS ALWAYS TRYING TO TELL HER THE RIGHT THING TO DO!
HE IS SO CUTE!
I LOVED HIM IN ROLL BOUNCE!
WE NEED MORE MOVIES WITH A GOOD STORY LINE!
FIVE STAR DVD*****
I laughed my head off
Heather Hays | Goodfellow-AFB, TX United States | 06/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie chronicles the adventures of the teenage Nikita, an ambitious young klepto-maniac with a craving for older men, specifically her English teacher, Mr. Jackson.
The setup of this movie was random, to say the least, and it throws a motley crue of characters your way with zingy ebonic wit. We have an overweight, bible thumping mother, a snotty, two faced cheerleader, a soft-spoken friend who apparently doesn't take rape very seriously and the international pervert force (one of them is black and one of them is white) who spend their days parked on the side of the road near the high school with the hopes of luring cute young girls into the back of their crappy, beat up van so they can molest them. It's kind of funny, but they don't seem to ever get what's coming to them. They kind of wander into the movie, like dim witted, overzealous hormone charged spring bucks and wander out of the movie just as nonchalantly.
There are exactly two white people in this movie. One of them is a panty sniffing child molesting freak and the other one is an uptight, dorky businessman. A lot of references are made throughout this movie about how white people earn money so much easier. I thought the world has made some intelligent changes in our modern times, but according to this movie, I'm wrong.
I think this movie was making an honest effort to be funny, and it actually succeeded at this. Some of the jokes were good and when reached tedious levels of stupidity it was still dumb enough to laugh at. The curtains dropped kind of randomly and abruptly.
The ending was...stupid."