An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood.
Sixteen-year-old Xtra Keys hopes to raise his son better than his boozy, razor-edged mother raised him, and he just might get his wish when he's thrust into an unorthodox alternative school full of underprivileged boys.
Michael Clarke Duncan,
Vivica A. Fox
Bobby Taylor wants to be a respected actor. From Sam Spade to Shakespeare to superheros, he can do it all. He just has to convince Hollywood that gangstas, slaves and "Eddie Murphy-types" aren't the sum of his talents. Written by
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There seems to be a real mix of reviews for this movie. It seems either people really like it or really hate it. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground on this one. For me, it has been one of my all-time favourites. I am amazed that Robert Townsend made this '80s classic on a shoestring budget & with credit cards to boot! In all the comedy, there is a serious message of how blacks are perceived in Hollywood & the roles that they would receive during the '80s. Even though things have changed a little bit, this movie is still a fun parody & demonstrates to me the skills Robert Townsend has to pull off a movie with what he had at the time, and make it look like it has a decent budget. This is another movie that I am glad to see available on DVD, for it's a movie you can watch over & over again.
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