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The Seat Filler (2004)

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Romance and drama occur after a pop superstar falls for an audience member -- a seat filler posing as an attorney -- at a music awards show.


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Derrick's Mom
Derrick's Dad
Michael Chinyamurindi ...
Nail (as Michael Hinyamurindi)


In The Seat Filler, Derrick (Martin) is a struggling law student who takes a job as an awards show seatfiller to make ends meet. One day, he is seated next to the beautiful pop superstar Jnelle (Rowland), who mistakes him for a well-known industry executive. With an instant chemistry, the unlikely pair begin to date. But Derrick must scale creative heights to keep up the charade. When the couple begins to fall for each other, Derrick must chose between his conscience and the love of his life. Written by MomentumX

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual dialogue and a drug reference


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20 July 2005 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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[first lines]
Vicki: My name is Vicki Curtis. And you are here to be Seat Fillers. Your job is to make sure the audience never looks empty. Because without you it would look like missing teeth. We, ladies and gentlemen, we complete the smile of Hollywood. All right ya bunch of nobodies, pull out your Seat Filler rule books and read along with me. No chewing gum. No bright colors. No hats, cellphones, or pagers. No gassy foods the night before. And never ever remove your blue ribbon, it's how we ...
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Wow... Cam'ron's "Killa Season" was better than this? Woooow!!!
11 September 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

You know when you see a bad film? It's after you've watched it, and you're so taken by the horridness of it all that you start feeling guilty for criticizing the films you recently labeled as the worst film you ever watched, while pitying everyone involved with the steaming pile. In fact, you start to appreciate the "Phat Girlz," "Transformers," and "Killa Season's" of the world. "The Seat Filler" had that affect on me.

The reason why this film was so ghastly to me was because it was trying too hard to be good. It almost took itself too seriously despite the strained, unfunny comedic moments, like an oxymoron or something.

They had an original premise: a "seat filler" at an award show having a chance encounter with a pop singer. But the premise was devalued by inept directing, poor acting and appalling writing.

Kelly Rowland was nightmarish as the pop singer Jhnelle who makes an unlikely connection with a "seat filler" (played by the ever-so-over-the-top Duane Martin) at an award show. And that's the whole film. No drama, no complexity, no crisis, no character arc, nothing.

The characters were so uninteresting. They were just pretentious, paper thin, caricatures that were basically flawless, and I don't mean flawless in a good way. In fact, I could only mean that in their flawlessness, true character depth was compromised. I couldn't connect with any of them on a human level due to the overwhelming bombardment of sappy moments between Martin and Rowland. There was nothing to pity, no humanistic qualities, nothing to admire about them. What we should've admired about Jhnelle and her celebrity felt unrealistic, forced and underdeveloped. Derrick was more boring than Jhnelle. It was just another story about a black American aspiring to be or living as a lawyer or doctor, or something monotonous like that, another futile attempt to prove to the rest of the world that black Americans are more than thugs and pimps.

And don't let me get started on DeRay Davis. He was the worst thing about the film. He was annoying, obnoxious and he couldn't shut his mouth from spewing his nonsense for more than two seconds of his screen time. It was exhausting watching him.

The scenes were uneventful, only shedding light on the many holes riddled in the overall script. I found myself asking "how did he" and "didn't she" too many times.

Listening to the dialogue was like listening to fingernails clawing a chalkboard. That was partly due to the lack of character development in this steaming pile.

And the assistant director should've been fired while the sound editor should be sued for his awful work on this film. In the film, you would hear audience members applauding while sitting still, completely motionless, in the same shot. Mistakes like this aren't acceptable in films at this level, films that obviously had more than $500,000 in their budget to spend.

The best thing about this film was the cinematography, which could've been better as well.

This film would've gotten more than a star from me if it was a spoof, making fun of its cliché "boy meets girl" concept. But it was really trying to be good, with the singing performances from Kelly Rowland at so-called award shows that felt like talent shows at a local elementary school. This whole film was elementary at best.

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