A documentary on Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the troubled, enigmatic rapper from the female R&B group TLC. In the days leading up to her tragic death on April 25, 2002, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was on a spiritual retreat in Honduras. She had gone to her home away from home in order to distance herself from her problems, escape the chaos of the media and to face her inner demons. With the aid of a video camera and the support from those closest to her, she documented what would become her final days in journals and private home movies.
Special Features: Deleted scenes and exclusive new unreleased song: "Let's Just Do It" (DVD-ROM)
"...a fascinating chronicle of Lopes' tumultuous life and career." -- NY Daily News
As the director of Tupac Resurrection, Lauren Lazin seems particularly well placed to profile R&B star Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. While Lazin assembled her Oscar-nominated Tupac film after the actor/rapper's death, Lopes initiated this VH1 project herself. In an attempt to set the record straight, she traveled to Honduras in 2002 for a 30-day spiritual retreat and filmed the results. As Lopes explains, "Part of the purpose of this documentary is so that people can get to know me." Lazin uses this footage as a framing device before rewinding to Lopes' birth, childhood, and rise to fame. As in Resurrection, the subject provides the narration; in this case, self-recorded material from that fateful trip (Lopes was killed in an automobile accident on the 27th day). After 17 years in Pennsylvania and Florida, Lopes moves to Atlanta, where she joins TLC in 1991. As the trio racks up hits, like "Creep" and "Waterfalls," she struggles with alcohol, the media, and her record company (TLC files for bankruptcy at the height of their success). Then she meets NFL player Andre Rison, with whom she falls in love, despite his possessive nature. After a bad night, she sets fire to his sneakers, resulting in the destruction of his entire mansion, an act for which she may be better remembered than her music. Lazin succeeds in revealing different aspects of Lopes' complex persona, such as her altruistic and introspective sides. Supplemental features include deleted scenes and a previously unreleased version of "Let's Just Do It." --Kathleen C. Fennessy