Shaft (2019)

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Shaft (2019

taglineMore Shaft than you can handle.

Director: Tim Story

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Isaach De Bankolé, Luna Lauren Velez, Regina Hall, Richard Roundtree

Action, Comedy, Crime (1h 51min)


Rated 6.4 after 27,126 votes, 40% postive reviews on 14-Sep-19.


JJ Shaft, a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.


Tim Story (director) Samuel L. Jackson Jessie T. Usher Richard Roundtree Regina Hall Alexandra Shipp Matt Lauria

Samuel L. Jackson (John Shaft), Jessie T. Usher (JJ Shaft), Richard Roundtree (John Shaft, Sr), Regina Hall (Maya Babanikos), Alexandra Shipp (Sasha Arias), Matt Lauria (Major Gary Cutworth), Titus Welliver (Special Agent Vietti), Method Man (Freddy P (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)), Isaach De Bankolé (Pierro 'Gordito' Carrera), Avan Jogia (Karim Hassan), Luna Lauren Velez (Bennie Rodriguez (as Luna Lauren Vélez)), Robbie Jones (Sergeant Keith Williams), Aaron Dominguez (Staff Sergeant Eddie Dominguez), Ian Casselberry (Manuel Orozco), Almeera Jiwa (Anam), Amato D'Apolito (Farik Bahar), Leland L. Jones (Ron (as Leland Jones)), Jalyn Hall (Harlem Kid), Sylvia Jefferies (Once Beautiful Woman), Whit Coleman (Butch Lesbian Girl), Chivonne Michelle (Baby), Tashiana Washington (Sugar), Philip Fornah (Jacked Dude), Laticia Rolle (Cocktail Waitress), Ryan King Scales (Male Secretary), Tywayne Wheatt (Portly Doorman), Kenny Barr (Cop (Thomas)), Mike Dunston (News Anchor), Jordan Preston Carter (5-8 Year Old JJ), Nyah Marie Johnson (5-8 Year Old Sasha), Joey Mekyten (5-8 Year Old Karim), Sawyer Schultz (Mike Mitchell), Esmeree Sterling (Cute Bartender), Jose Miguel Vasquez (FBI Employee), Gabriel 'G-Rod' Rodriguez (Goon), Keith Brooks (Drunk Disorderly Man), DominiQue MrsGiJane Williams (Beautiful Woman), Michael Shikany (Older Man in Mosque), Lucia Scarano (Lady in Line), Greta Quispe (Employee)...

From the same director


Kenya Barris (written by), Alex Barnow (written by), Ernest Tidyman (based upon the character John Shaft from the novel by)

Produced by

Kenya Barris (executive producer), Richard Brener (executive producer), John Davis (producer), Marc S. Fischer (executive producer), Antoine Jenkins (associate producer), Josh Mack (executive producer), Ira Napoliello (executive producer), Tim Story (executive producer)



It was nice to see a movie that didn't have a social or political agenda behind it and didn't pander to people who are easily offended. This movie showed that not everyone likes being a sensitive soft person. I really hope that movies can continue to break boundaries like this because it's a refreshment of our ability to enjoy humour without taking it personally. Plot was awesome and solid and the humour made it unbelievably enjoyable.

Memorable quotes

John Shaft Jr.: You can't beat up a woman!
John Shaft II: Why not?
John Shaft Jr.: Because she's a woman! That's like, misogynistic!
John Shaft II: You're the one being misogynistic, I never even mentioned her gender! I'm an equal-opportunity ass-whooper!

9 total 


There is only a 6 year age difference between Richard Roundtree (Shaft I) and Samuel L. Jackson (Shaft II). This is humorously acknowledged in the film when Roundtree rhetorically asks, "How come you look 20 years older than my gray ass?"

15 total 



Other titles

Shaft ((original title); Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Canada (French title); France; India (Hindi title); Italy; Mexico; Spain; UK; USA) • Son of Shaft (Germany) • Shaft: Ο Μαύρος Πάνθηρας 2 (Greece) • Шафт (Russia) • Šaft 2 (Serbia) • Untitled Shaft Reboot



Rated R for pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity


Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Brazil:16 / Canada:14A / Canada:13+ / France:16 / Germany:16 / Italy:VM14 / Netherlands:16 / Norway:16 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:16 / United Kingdom:15 / United States:R



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