The Inkwell

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Inkwell (Touchstone Movie)

“The Inkwell” is a coming-of-age comedy-drama film released in 1994, directed by Matty Rich. The movie stars Larenz Tate as Harold Lee, also known as “Drew,” and Jada Pinkett as Lauren Kelly.

The story is set in the summer of 1976 and follows the Lee family as they take a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Drew, a teenager struggling with his identity and self-confidence, finds solace and a sense of belonging in the Inkwell, a historically African-American beach community.

As Drew navigates the challenges of adolescence and family dynamics, he befriends a variety of characters who have a profound impact on his life, including the confident and free-spirited Lauren Kelly.

“The Inkwell” explores themes of identity, racial and cultural heritage, and the awkwardness of adolescence. The film also touches on the generational differences between Drew and his parents, as well as the complexities of first love and self-discovery.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics but was praised for its nostalgic depiction of the 1970s and the portrayal of African-American characters in a positive and authentic light.

“The Inkwell” is celebrated for its talented cast, engaging storyline, and its unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs of growing up. It has become a touchstone for fans of coming-of-age films and those interested in exploring themes of identity and cultural heritage.

Additional Details


  • Larenz Tate: Drew Tate
  • Joe Morton: Kenny Tate
  • Suzzanne Douglass: Brenda Tate
  • Glynn Turman: Spencer Phillips
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway: Francis Phillips
  • Adrienne-Joi Johnson: Heather Lee
  • Morris Chestnut: Harold Lee
  • Jada Pinkett: Lauren Kelly
  • Duane Martin: Junior Phillips
  • Mary Alice: Evelyn
  • Phyllis Yvonne Stickney: Dr. Wade
  • Markus Redmond: Darryl
  • Perry Moore: Moe
  • Akia Victor: Charlene


  • Director: Matty Rich
  • Producers: Irving Azoff, Matthew Baer, Jon Jashni and Guy Riedel
  • Writers: Trey Ellis and Paris Qualles

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