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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Duane Martin ... Derrick

Kelly Rowland ... Jhnelle

DeRay Davis ... E.J.

Melanie Brown ... Sandie

Patrick Fischler ... Irwin

Christian Copelin ... Kenny

Shemar Moore ... Trent

Denise Dowse ... Derrick's Mom

Glynn Turman ... Derrick's Dad

Kyla Pratt ... Diona
Michael Chinyamurindi ... Nail (as Michael Hinyamurindi)

Curtis Armstrong ... LaJean

Romy Rosemont ... Vicki

Julie Mintz ... Carrie

Tony Lee ... Waiter

Wajid ... Arabian Guy

Giovanni Lopes ... Arabian Guy

Leo Vargas ... TV Engineer

Craig Meier ... Guy

Kenny Lattimore ... Himself

Chante Moore ... Herself (as Chanté Moore)

Jack Yang ... Page

Jamie Nicole Loken ... Page

Christina R. Copeland ... Girl

Sy Smith ... Fitz (VJ)

Shawn Carter Peterson ... Gio (VJ)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cass Asher ... Oscar Nominated Actor
Ryan 'Bosco' Baker ... Dancer
Michelle Dionne ... Dancer (as Dionne Hudson)
Michael Dotson ... Ryan

Denise Gillyard
Nikki Hoard ... Award Attendee

Erik Rusnak ... Seatfiller

Lyn Talbert ... Producer

Eriq La Salle ... Alonso Grant (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Castle 
Writing credits
Mark Brown (written by) &
Duane Martin (written by) and
Tisha Campbell-Martin (written by)

Produced by
Christine Crokos .... executive producer
Frank R. Gardner .... line producer
Nia Hill .... producer
Sharifa Johka .... producer
Michael LaFetra .... executive producer
Duane Martin .... producer
Jada Pinkett Smith .... executive producer
Will Smith .... executive producer
D'Angela Steed .... producer
Cinematography by
Suki Medencevic 
Film Editing by
Patrick Kennedy 
Julia Wong 
Production Design by
Warren Alan Young 
Art Direction by
S. Quinn 
Set Decoration by
Julieann Getman 
Costume Design by
Debrae Little 
Makeup Department
Mecca .... makeup artist
Kanita Petties .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Dirk Hagen .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rodney Allen Hooks .... first assistant director
Cecilia Sweatman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Derrick Hinman .... property master
Hal Isaacson .... set dresser
Mungai Nguku .... swing gang
Charles Randolph .... lead man (as Charles Jason Randolph)
John Warner .... set dresser
Sound Department
Kilyoung Baek .... sound editor
Charles D. Ballard .... sound editor
Eric Chase .... sound re-recording mixer
David Criden .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Anderson .... camera operator
Kevin Britton .... film loader
Jennifer Ann Henry .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chip Ingram .... grip
Michael Kerr .... grip
Ryan Kirk .... on-set video assist
Chris Lewis .... best boy electric
Christina Lewis .... electrician (as Christina Christensen)
Alexandra Lucka .... additional camera loader
Conrad Montgomery .... epk camera operator
Jimmie R. Owens .... grip
Joseph M. Setele .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
L. Andrew Sigler .... grip
Casting Department
Peter Alwazzan .... extras casting
Andrew Stubblefield .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Teri Gill .... key costumer
Demetricus Holloway .... costumer
Heather Patton .... additional set costumer
Editorial Department
Roger Cooper .... assistant editor
Sera DiBlasio .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Genoveva Winsen .... music recording engineer (as Jordan Winsen)
Genoveva Winsen .... song recording engineer (as Jordan Winsen)
Transportation Department
Jhon B. Agnew .... driver
Paul Feddersen .... driver captain
Héctor G. Gallardo .... production driver
Les Gardner .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Bill Hannah .... driver: honeywagon
Gary Jackon .... driver
Elie Littauer .... driver
Richard Maginnis .... driver
Jhonny T. Martin .... driver
Lou Mendoza .... driver
Hugo Ocana .... driver (as Hugo R. Ocana)
Colleen Rea .... driver
Steve Slotnick .... driver
Other crew
Euphrates 'Tee' Arthur .... car wrangler (2003) (as Euphrates Arthur)
Timothy C. Burns .... combined continuity script
Elizabeth C. Camp .... set production assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Seth William Hansen .... additional set production assistant
Todd Havern .... set production assistant
Eric M. Klein .... transcription coordinator
Jenz Merrill .... digital titles producer
Ellene Miles .... publicist
Marilyn Penn .... production accountant
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney
Charline St. Charles .... production coordinator

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Rated PG-13 for sexual dialogue and a drug reference

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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 identify you.
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Wow... Cam'ron's "Killa Season" was better than this? Woooow!!!, 11 September 2007
Author: TheQuietStorm from New York City

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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