If I were Brian Banks, I'd be obsessed with trying to figure out when and how I pissed off a gypsy. Because seriously, what else but a gypsy curse can explain this guy's life?
Brian Banks was a young man with a bright future. A skilled football player, he was in great demand by pro teams…until a high school classmate accused him of rape. Yes, a noble black woman (aren't they all?) accused a thuggish black man (ditto) of raping her in the halls of their high school, and the prosecutors, their fortitude embiggened by the glowing rays of nobleness emanating from the brave, courageous victim, put Banks away for five years, based solely on the word of the saintly female, whose heroism was of such magnitude that next to her, Harriet Tubman looks like the "where's the beef" lady.
Lady Noble Noir also sued the school district where the rape took place, for not providing a safe campus for purehearted women of color. She won $1.5 million.
After serving his time, Banks was contacted by his accuser, who wanted to resume their friendship (the friendship that was interrupted by her rape accusation). He, and his legal team, recorded her admitting that she'd made up the entire rape story. Banks was fully exonerated, and the school district successfully sued Noble Negress for the return of the money from the civil suit (sadly, that money was long gone, having been spent on hair extensions and Tyler Perry DVDs).
His name cleared, his tormentor punished, surely Brian Banks assumed that his bad luck had ended.
In 2017, Hollywood came a-callin'. Some hotshot producers wanted to make a feature film of Banks' ordeal. The director of the project was Tom Shadyac, the A-lister behind such hits as Evan Almighty, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams, Liar Liar, and The Nutty Professor. Banks himself was tapped to executive-produce.
Now, finally, Brian Banks would have his say. Now the world would hear his story. Now he would not be silenced by a woman making dubious rape claims.
The film went into limited released a week ago. A movie about a decent man whose life and career prospects were ruined by a high school classmate who made an uncorroborated rape charge was released a week ago. A movie about a real-life incident in which a woman outright lied about a high school rape to try to prevent a man who had done her no harm from landing his dream job was released during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings…as a woman was trying to prevent a decent man from landing his dream job by lodging an uncorroborated high school rape charge.