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A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy

30 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY -- Relationship problems kill bedroom performance in this smart romance-romp. A raunchy between-the-sheets peak at modern-day black sexuality, A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy should woo urban audiences to the theater, and score on BET and as a DVD rental.

A series of frothy vignettes, "Black & Sexy" centers on relationship dynamics, and, in these ribald cases, relationship dysfunctions. In filmmaker Dennis Dortch's perceptive comedy, miscommunication messes up sex. Usually, there's a third partner in bed in these sexual/romantic encounters: a hidden agenda.

Blending movie and musical styles to enhance the individual segments, Dortch has created an entertaining glimpse into black sexuality and romance. Audiences will identify with his realistic and identifiable characters, in large part thanks to the talented and exuberant cast.

Among the well-assembled cast, Mylika Davis stands out as a take-charge innocent who suffers through her teenage dawg days. Chonte Harris is hilarious as a put-upon "other woman" who skewers her married lover with brilliant, irrational logic. As the perplexed player, Marcuis Harris is sympathetic and lamentable.

All performances are on-target and ripe, highlighted by smart turns from Kathryn Taylor as a selfish lover, Emily Liu as an Asian-American with a forbidden yen for a black basketball star, and Brandon Valley Jones as a flustered, neglected lover.

Tech credits are a soothing and sizzling blend, clarifying the psycho-sexual dramas.


Magnolia Pictures

1976 Experience


Director/screenwriter/music supervisor: Dennis Dortch

Producer: Layla Mashavu Sewell

Director of photography: Brian Harding

Production designer: Vali Tirsoaga

Editors: Tangier Clarke, Dennis Dortch

Casting director: Adetoro Makinde


Jeanette: Kathryn Taylor

Tony: Brandon Valley Jones

Candi: Nana Hill

Helena: Chonte Harris

D'Andre: Marcuis Harris

Tamala: Mylika Davis

Jabari: Allen Maldonado

Russell: Kareem Grimes

Julian: Jerome Hawkins

Jesse: Alphonso Jackson

Jasmine: Emily Liu

Running time -- 92 minutes

No MPAA rating


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