A chauvinistic husband, who believes his stay-at-home wife should have a hot meal on the table every night when he arrives home from work, gets a supernatural wake-up call when he switches places with her for a day.
So who really wears the Pants in the Family? Clyde Singletary, father of two and husband to stay-at-home wife, Brenda, believes he does. As the sole bread-winner and recipient of a new promotion, and of the coveted corner office, this Brooks Brothers suit-wearing corporate executive also believes Brenda should have his dinner hot, ready and waiting for him the moment he gets home. But that rarely happens; a phenomenon that he has yet to comprehend, being that she has "practically nothing to do all day." Things come to a head one particular day after Clyde has battled with office politics, dealt with his rush hour commute home and is met with a lack-luster greeting from his children, Marcus (4) and Brianna (15). Once again, Brenda has not completed dinner. Additionally, she's seems more interested in finishing her telephone gossip session than with greeting her husband. Clyde explodes. Brenda endures Clyde's venting initially, offering her usual light kiss, loving look and his favorite... Written by
I'm a big fan of Showtime's "Black Filmmaker Showcase" (and "Latino Filmmaker Showcase") which plays this short film. I've seen some excellent and powerful shorts. Unfortunately, this short is among the very least of those I've seen.
The plot idea is not terribly original, and the outcome is certainly predictable. However, it's the writing and horrible overacting that really sink this short film. It plays very much like an episode of a typical average TV sitcom. You can quickly guess the "feel good" moral of the story, so you know exactly where it's going, but it's good for a few chuckles along the way as the actors ham it up.
If you like standard TV sitcoms, especially those with a majority black cast, you probably enjoy this short film. If not, or if you like your short films on the unusual or edgy side, you might want to skip it.
Someone pointed out to me that the screenwriter of this short film has actually worked on several majority black cast TV sitcoms, so maybe the director and screenwriter actually hit the mark they were aiming at with this short film, but it's not my cup of tea.
For a far better short film from this duo, check out "The Sunday Morning Stripper" (2003), also playing on Showtime's "Black Filmmaker Showcase".
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