Crookln, a film directed and co-written by Spike Lee, tells the story of a young girl named Troy (played by Zelda Harris) and her family, all of whom live in Brooklyn, NY. The film is set in June of 1973 and covers the trials of Troy. She is growing up with three older brothers, Clinton (played by Carlton Williams), Wendell (played by Sharif Rashed) and Nate (played by Chris Knowings), as well as one younger brother, Joseph (played by Tse-Mach Washington). Troy and her brothers are being raised by their extremely strict mother, Carolyn (played by Alfre Woodard) and their more laid-back father Woody (played by Delroy Lindo).
Troy loves her family as well as the eccentric cast of characters that live in her neighborhood. Troy's world is rocked, however, when the family's financial situation causes both her and Joseph to be sent to live with relatives for the summer. Troy ends up staying with her Uncle Clem (played by Norman Matlock) and Aunt Song (played by Frances Foster), as well as their adopted daughter Viola (played by Patriece Nelson). At first Troy doesn't like living with this family that is so different from her own, but soon she finds herself becoming friends with Viola. Troy does decided to return home to Brooklyn after a disastrous birthday party, as she misses her family. When she returns, she is greeted with the information that her mother has been hospitalized.
With her mother in the hospital, Troy assumes some of her mother's roles in the household