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Running Time:
1 hour, 50 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for intense thematic material, violence, sexuality, language and some drug references.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
What starts as a tense, compelling story about ideological opposites headed for an ugly clash, ends up as a contrived melodrama.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Director and cast commentary; Welcome to Lakeview Terrace: Behind-the-Scenes featurettes; -"An Open House" - Behind the Story; -"Meet Your Neighbors" - Casting; "Home Sweet Home" - Physical Production

CAST:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Abel Turner
Patrick Wilson ... Chris Mattson
Kerry Washington ... Lisa Mattson
Ron Glass ... Harold Perreau
Justin Chambers ... Donnie Eaton
Jay Hernandez ... Javier Villareal
Regine Nehy ... Celia Turner
Jaishon Fisher ... Marcus Turner
Robert Pine ... Captain Wentworth



Lakeview Terrace
Samuel L. Jackson ("Snakes on a Plane") plays Abel Turner an officer with the L.A.P.D.,  who loves to dominate others, especially his new neighbors, Chris Mattson (Patrick Wilson "Little Children") and his wife Lisa (Kerry Washington "The Last King of Scotland" ).  Chris is white; Lisa is black.  Abel, himself a black man, is not exactly a racist because he chats amiably with his Asian neighbor and attends neighborhood parties.  But he's a tough father to his resentful 15-year-old daughter Celia (Regine Nehy) and his son Marcus (Jaishon Fisher),  and he can be violent when he arrests a thug and bangs them up and is even is known to breaks their ribs or other body parts.

 And it's pretty obvious that Abel Turner a middle-class, middle-age African American, cannot tolerate mixed-racial couples and will do whatever he can to harass them in order to get them to move out of the neighborhood.  He flashes a high powered light into their bedroom, plays music at full volume at three in the morning, slashes their tires, but claims that he's innocent when Chris complains, ridiculing the charge that he's being aggressive. But, for most of their tense relationship, Chris and Abel manage to speak civilly to each other.

The film directed by Neil LaBute ("The Shape of Things") is based on a recent case of a black L.A.P.D. officer accused of harassing mixed-racial couples.  It is a perfectly decent, occasionally exciting action drama, anchored by the increasing distance between Wilson and Washington, and Jackson's strange methods of friendly intimidation. What starts as a tense, compelling story about ideological opposites headed for an ugly clash, ends up as a contrived melodrama by giving Abel a specific reason for his anti-white prejudice,  which takes the ambiguity out of its conflict and the much of the heat out of its fire.

  Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson: DVD Cover






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