Release Date: February 23rd, 2007 by CodeBlack Entertainment.
The Cast: Dorian Missick, Zoe Saldana, Hill Harper, Frankie Faison, William Sadler, Tonya Pinkins, Eva Pigford, Sean Nelson, Keith Nobbs.
Directed by Pete Chatmon.
BASIC PREMISE: Cool (Missick), a gas station attendant and aspiring actor, tries to win over Charli (Saldana), the love of his life, before she marries a lawyer, Ed (Harper).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Premium. is a testament to the power of independent cinema. It boasts exceptionally talented actors, a smart, engaging screenplay and refreshingly true-to-life characters without an expensive budget. Dorian Missick gives a convincing performance as Cool, a 28-year-old man who still lives with his parents and works for his mother’s boyfriend (Faison) as a gas station attendant. He struggles to become an actor by going through audition after audition. When he meets his ex-fiancée, Charli, at a gas station, he tries to stop her from marrying Ed, a successful lawyer. Clearly, he has a lot at stake, especially given that his parents are about to move, so he has to get his act together as fast as possible. Charli and Cool have real chemistry together, but, at the same time, she also has a little chemistry with Ed. Writer/director Pete Chatmon lets every actor shine, even the supporting actors such as the criminally underrated Frankie Faison. Chatmon wisely doesn’t make Ed seem unlikable—he doesn’t physically or verbally abuse Charli and even welcomes Cool into his home for dinner. The dialogue, fortunately, has a refreshingly natural flow which helps to keep you fully absorbed, even in the crucial third act. More significantly, Chatmon never resorts to melodrama, violence, sex or juvenile humor as a means of entertaining.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Everyone has a purpose in life. Cool is at that turning point in his life when he has to stand on his own two feet. He must make difficult, grown-up decisions about what he wants to do with the rest of his life and, most importantly, who he wants to spend it with. It’s quite moving to watch Cool try to convince Charlie to give him a second chance. In reality, though, not everyone gets what they want. Fate is a mysterious, unpredictable force that isn’t always fair, but it does have a purpose in the long run. As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Absolutely none.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Refreshing, smart and absorbing. A testament to the power of independent cinema.
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