Preview, Blackspoilation classic “Superfly” goes uptown and down Mexico way in this remake

The definition of “hood hero” has changed in the half century (close) between the original “Superfly” and the slick new remake.

Trevor Jackson stars, and while the haircut may scream “Pimp: The Next Generation,” think of where the culture is. Pimps are trend-setters with their own Youtube channel now.

So the new film steps things up a notch or three. “Director X” of Rihanna and Drake music video fame, “Across the Line” on the big screen, handles the updating — affluence, money, high-end motorcars, a real nouveau riche rapper lifestyle — with guns and drugs and whatever it is our hero sells to get over these days.

Lending a little character actor cred are Michael Kenneth Williams and is that Esai Morales (not credited on IMDb) as Mr. Big?

Look for “Superfly” June 15.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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