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20 July 2005 (USA) See more »
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)
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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
Jordan Winsen .... music recording engineer
Jordan Winsen .... song recording engineer
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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Somewhat Predictable, but Strengthened by Good Acting, 11 May 2008
Author: D_Burke from United States

The plot of "The Seat Filler", when you strip it down to its basic components, is just the same as dozens of other romantic comedies. If you know the basic structure of the "boy meets girl" story, especially if it more specifically entails "boy meets girl, then pretends to be someone he's not even though he's being himself the whole time", you pretty much know how the story will go.

That being said, however, this romantic comedy holds its own based solely on the strength of intriguing characters, witty dialog, and overall noteworthy acting from most, if not all, involved.

Duane Martin, who also co-wrote and produced this movie, really makes a great leading man, and does very well as a character that many people, regardless of race, can relate to. He's very funny in this movie, and he has a very genuine down-to-earth charm that had me root for him throughout the entire movie. If you don't believe he's a good actor, it should be noted that Martin, although he played a man in his late 20's, is actually in his early 40's. He was so convincing, he could play a man a decade and a half his junior! That says something. It really does.

DeRay Davis, whose face is more familiar than his name, is also gut-bustingly hilarious as E.J., Martin's fast-talking, wise-cracking roommate. Davis's precise comic timing makes up for some slight plot holes regarding his situation. Specifically, it's never fully determined how the both of them are able to afford the apartment they're in. E.J. appears to be making as much money, if not less, than Martin's character Derrick, and he doesn't appear to have too much ambition to make any more money. But this technicality could be explained in other ways, too, I suppose.

Kelly Rowland is admittedly less experienced in acting than Martin, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in credibility. Rowland in this movie plays someone who should not feel completely unfamiliar to her: a successful solo R&B artist. It's not clarified in this movie how big a star she is, whether she is a crossover success or not. It's true that she's famous enough to have people take pictures of her on the red carpet, and to afford a house as big as she has.

It is certain that Rowland has an incredible charm to her. She is incredibly beautiful, but she also has an ability to be so down to earth you just love her to death. I know I did. Rowland gets compared to Beyonce all the time, which isn't hard to figure out. However, Rowland may actually have a stronger gift for acting than her former bandmate which, should it be honed further, could result in a greater screen roles for her. Although Rowland shows some inexperience in this role, she shows a lot of promise.

It was surprising to see other supporting acting performances here from those who could have been in bigger movies, such as Kyla Pratt ("Fat Albert", "Dr. Doolittle") and Melanie Brown (formerly known as Scary Spice of the Spice Girls). They are experienced, but they fortunately don't try too hard to steal scenes or overact. That's pretty notable, and it's what makes this low-budget film a lot more memorable than some paltry big budget black comedies such as "Are We Done Yet" or "College Road Trip".

Others may be impressed by the cameos in this movie by the likes of Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore, and Eriq La Salle. They are impressive, but the acting really carries this film. I found this movie at a video rental store, and I bought it used. It was indeed a worthwhile investment, and a movie I will probably go back to again and again. Sure it was predictable, but the acting really carried this movie. So I am recommending it.

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