Jason's Lyric ★★ 1994 (R)
A romantic triangle, sibling rivalry, family bonds, and neighborhood violence all set on the wrong side of the Houston tracks. Jason (Payne) is the responsible young man who works hard and helps out his mom; younger brother Joshua (Woodbine) has just gotten out of jail and is headed straight for more trouble. Between the two is Lyric (Pinkett), a soul-food waitress whose bad news half-brother Alonzo (Treach) is naturally one of Joshua's homies. Good-looking but ultimately empty storytelling. 119m/C VHS, DVD . Allen Payne, Bokeem Woodbine, Jada Pinkett Smith, Suzzanne Douglass, Forest Whitaker, Treach; D: Doug McHenry; W: Bobby Smith Jr.; M: Matt Noble.