Wednesday, May 18, 2011
That biological clock--Afr-Am version--gets a workout in Russ Parr's 35 AND TICKING
Russ Parr's African-American version, 35 AND TICKING. As an indie rom-com with mainstream aspirations, Parr's film is a light year or so better than the last such film TrustMovies sat through this past fall (the execrable Speed Dating). For that alone, it's worth a recommendation.
Nicole Ari Parker, at right, above and below) remains man-less, while Victoria (Tamala Jones, above left) has her man, all right, but he won't commit to having kids. Staunch pal Phil (Keith Robinson, below, center), conversely, is saddled with a wife who's a rotten mother and sleeps around. The fourth wheel is the comic fool Cleavon (Kevin Hart, below, left), who is simply a mess.
Clifton Powell, below, left) that becomes a color-coded date from hell -- never takes off as it should -- again, because of the slack and obvious dialog.
Tyler Perry, with religion thankfully kept to a minimum. If an easy-out is provided for everyone (except, of course, that bad mama, who gets her comeuppance), at least we're happy to see, in true romantic-comedy fashion, that there's a right guy for every gal. A word should be said, too, for Meagan Good (below, left, who plays the object of Cleavon's affection), whose beauty, charm and genuineness just about steal the movie.