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15 Reasons Why "Do The Right Thing" Is The Only Summer Movie That Matters

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1. OK, so first things first. Barack and Michelle Obama saw Do The Right Thing on their first date.

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There really isn't a reason to continue past here, because THIS takes the cake.

2. But, since we have to continue...Rosie Perez' dance sequence at the beginning of the movie is second to NONE.

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Fun fact: That dance sequence was inspired by the beginning of Bye Bye Birdie. Spike Lee's mother dragged him to watch it when he was younger.

4. And, it accurately depicts how heartbreaking it is to get a fresh pair of kicks scuffed. Not to mention makes a brief statement about gentrification.

6. You get to hear "Fight the Power" throughout the movie which is Public Enemy's best known song and arguably the greatest hip-hop song of all time.

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Fun fact: "Fight the Power" was specifically made for Do The Right Thing after Spike Lee told Chuck D he needed an anthem. It was heavily inspired by The Isley Brothers "Fight the Power (Part 1 & 2)."

8. Samuel L. Jackson role as the radio disc jockey, Mister Señor Love Daddy, really helps to be the voice of reason in the midst of all the neighborhood happenings. He does an amazing job of cleansing our palate between scenes.

10. It's one of the few movies where a character says EXACTLY what you're thinking. Even though you might not be as outspoken as Buggin' Out.

14. And, it perfectly illustrates that everyone has a breaking point. Mookie (who has been pretty levelheaded throughout the film) breaks the glass to Sal's Pizzeria, which starts the riot.

15. Finally, you see a movie that explicitly makes a statement of how important representation is. The unsettling ending when Smiley puts up the photo of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X reminds you why this mess started in the first place.

28 years later Do The Right Thing still stands the test of time. The themes of the film still resonate today, so if you haven't seen it do yourself a favor and watch it!

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