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Tim Alexander (writer)
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Now It's Black Men's Turn To Exhale
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A humorous and deep look into why relationships fail to work from the point of view of a good black man. It is part scripted and a series of interviews with real people from across the country. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Jimmy Jean-Louis ... James
Paula Lema ... Tonya
Tim Alexander ... Interviewer / Speaker / Host
Natasha M. Dixon ... Bridgette

Anika C. McFall ... Juanita The Blind Date
Shavsha Israel ... Linda
Shavonne Sciarillo ... Joy

Alex Morris ... Alex
Krista Woods ... Girl in Pink
Tamika Pough ... Girl in Green
Ricky Jones ... The Nice Guy
Valerie Davis ... Woman In Green

Vanessa Paul ... Woman In Peach
John Webb ... Young Thug Guy
Robynne Young ... Wants A Man Girl
Solomon Israel ... Bridgette's Son
Kenneth M. Herbs ... Abusive Man
Carl W. Stewart Sr. ... Pastor (as Bishop Carl W. Stewart Sr.)
Emmanuel Temple Apostolic ... The Church Congregation
Cierra Lockett ... Little Lena

Jason E. Kelley ... Basketball Buddy

Adolph Coleman ... Black Shirt Basketball Buddy

Troy Winbush ... Man In Black Suit At Club
Corey Cook ... Man In Lt. Blue Shirt At Club
Charese Mongiello ... Bar Waitress A Club
Kimmarie Johnson ... Sexy Woman At Club (as Kim Marie Johnson)
James 'B-Tip' Brown ... Bartender Club #1
Angela LaValley ... Manager

Dave Fennoy ... Guy with Dreads

Jon Bessire ... The White Guy
Karl Butts ... The Asian Lover

Debbie Castine ... The Doctor Date

Carla Sanchez ... Girl in Pink At Bar
David Gueringer ... Guy Drinking In Background
William D. Sanford ... Bartender #2 Bar
Sandra Tran ... Asian Date

Gabriel Corbin ... Male Friend At Dance Club

Alessandra Benjamin ... Girl At Dance Club

Shannon Kane ... Hot Bad Girl At Bar
Jama Williams ... Woman In Red Date
Michelle Kopacz ... Ms. Independent
Melissa Labatut ... Blonde Restaurant Date
Mari Mascaro ... Red Hair Girl With Jerk Guy

Scott Mervine ... Donnie The Jerk Guy
Dacia James ... Angela
The People Across America ... Interviewees
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Chantille Boudousque ... White Girl

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Tim Alexander 
 
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Tim Alexander  writer

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Tim Alexander .... executive producer
Tim Alexander .... line producer
Tim Alexander .... producer
David Gueringer .... associate producer
Mohsen Saeedy .... executive producer
 
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Tim Alexander 
 
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Tim Alexander 
 
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Tim Alexander 
 
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Tim Alexander 
 
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Tim Alexander 
 
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Tim Alexander 
 
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Tim Alexander .... makeup artist
Tim Alexander .... special makeup effects artist
 
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Tim Alexander .... executive in charge of production
 
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Tim Alexander .... props
 
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Tim Alexander .... sound recordist
 
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Tim Alexander .... camera operator
Tim Alexander .... lighting technician
Tim Alexander .... still photographer
Christopher Mills .... efp camera
 
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Tim Alexander .... casting
 
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Tim Alexander .... wardrobe
 
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Tim Alexander .... composer: additional music
 
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Rae Lockett .... assistant to producer
 

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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references (director's cut)
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USA:108 min
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Tim Alexander started his career as a fashion photographer with no real experience as a filmmaker. After a life of making bad choices in the women he chose to deal with, he decided to make this film, by himself as a crew of one, to show the world the challenges a good man has in a relationship. It was a personal challenge to tell his personal story through the lead character Jimmy Jean-Louis. Tim is now happily married with twin sons.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
the movie could have made more of a plea..., 5 July 2010
Author: swtblkhny from United States

The documentary portion of the movie made a good effort at dealing with relationship issues; however, it still came across with an biased slant against Black women. Despite this attempt at highlighting and solving problems, since it focused on how angry Black women make good Black men tired, what we ended up with for the most part was not at all balanced in perspective.

Yes, the documentary portion portrayed real people answering real questions, but at some point, the writer/creator must step in with facts, step in with objectivity, with examples of Black couples' success, and with steps towards healing, right? Well, the space and opportunity to do that was filled with a satire-like and wholly unrealistic melodrama. The main character, James, a near perfect Black man, and his trials and tribulations with a angry wife.

James was successful career-wise, the home-purchaser, provider, good father, faithful in the face of temptation, and church-going man. A viewer might expect that many of the men being interviewed in the documentary portion would have similar experiences--That would have truly been an eye opener to any women who may be losing hope that James exists. However, this did not seem to be the case. For the most part, it was not clear who these men were...if they were in healthy relationships or not, if they went to church regularly, were faithful, or were "James". What is clear is that they are Black men and they are "tired."

Many Black men and Black women are tired of the divisiveness and are seeking to come together in a real place where we have mutual understanding. Some of that understanding comes from recognizing that some of these issues are gender-based and affect other races while some of these issues are people issues (to generalize a point: good guys like bad girls/good girls like bad guys). I actually sensed that the writer may have been "angry". Although anger was never defined and how anger emerges was never identified, from my own education, I sense that this movie was not made in the spirit of love and healing.

All in all, I think the movie could have made more of a plea for each person (male, female, Black, or of other races) to keep being good and to be honest, to trust/to be trustworthy, to self-reflect, to hold the self accountable, to hold one's friends accountable for how they treat their significant others,to talk to each other (not inflame -anger-, finger point, or blame--that makes people defensive). Despite this, I think it may elicit conversations and motivate someone to take a call-to-action to decrease the communication gap between men and women (Black or otherwise) and promote ways we can make peace and progress with one another.

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