Reviving the characters from Prince’s 1984 hit Purple Rain, including a reunited Morris Day and the Time, Graffiti Bridge is a $7.5 million indulgence that amounts to a half-baked retread of tired MTV imagery and childish themes.
Plot revolves around rivalry between the Kid (Prince) and Day for control of a club they co-own. Day wants to play the songs the people want to hear; the Kid wants to focus on the music he’s hearing from a higher power. They duel it out in various musical showdowns.
Chief embarrassment is the spotlight on Ingrid Chavez, latest of Prince’s femme discoveries, as the cooingly coy love child with a direct line to the Maker.
That Prince wrote and directed this homage to his own creative process is evident. Mostly this amounts to a cinematic sandbox in which the Mascaraed One can play, pose and change costumes, inviting most of his gang to join in.