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Exit Strategy -- Evicted from his apartment, James has to move in with his girlfriend of 3 months. He quickly discovers that she's everything he never wanted in a woman.
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Exit Strategy -- James (Jameel Saleem) gets evicted from his apartment and moves in with his girlfriend of three months Kim (Kimelia Weathers) and quickly discovers she's everything he never wanted in a woman. He enlists best friends Carville ("QDeezy" Harris) and Leona (Noelle Balfour), plus high-schooler Scoop (Nick Sinise) and strangers Big Boy and Kevin Hart to find a relationship exit strategy; but for Kim, breaking up just isn't an option.
Exit Strategy -- James (Jameel Saleem) gets evicted from his apartment and moves in with his girlfriend of three months Kim (Kimelia Weathers) and quickly discovers she's everything he never wanted in a woman. He enlists best friends Carville ("QDeezy" Harris) and Leona (Noelle Balfour), plus high-schooler Scoop (Nick Sinise) and strangers Big Boy and Kevin Hart to find a relationship exit strategy; but for Kim, breaking up just isn't an option.

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Reign Morton (based on the characters created by)
Jameel Saleem (based on the characters created by)
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Cast

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Directed by
Michael Whitton 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rick Fontaine  based on the characters created by
Mustafa Harris  based on the characters created by
Reign Morton  based on the characters created by
Jameel Saleem  based on the characters created by
Jameel Saleem  screenplay
Kimelia Weathers  based on the characters created by

Produced by
Big Boy .... executive producer
Quincy Harris .... producer (as Quincy 'Qdeezy' Harris)
Kellie Maltagliati .... producer
Kalanit Saleem .... associate producer
Tif Saleem .... associate producer
Clemalita Smith .... line producer
Danette Wilson .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Simon Stevens  (as Simon A. Stevens)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Crist (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Whitton 
 
Production Design by
Shalome Pilon 
 
Makeup Department
Myra Penate .... key hair stylist
Myra Penate .... key makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Burns .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Lane Cheek .... set dresser
Taylor Moe .... set dresser
Michael Whitton .... graphic design & concepts
 
Sound Department
Victor P. Bouzi .... sound recordist (as Victor Bouzi)
Yahel Dooley .... sound editor
Yahel Dooley .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Hovland .... adr mixer
Tim Ivancic .... boom operator
John Sanacore .... foley mixer
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Michael Whitton .... sound designer
Michael Whitton .... sound editorial
Sharon Williams .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Whitton .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Michael Whitton .... motion tracker (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Micael Albrecht .... electrician
Stephen Burns .... second assistant camera
Joseph Crist .... camera operator: "a" camera
Sean Daly .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sean Daly .... chief lighting technician
Julian Iannini .... grip
Dane Marquez .... grip
Ben Moen .... digital imaging technician
Ben Moen .... first assistant camera
Zachary Settewongse .... camera mount engineer
Clemalita Smith .... set still photographer
Anthony Stivale .... first assistant camera
Jeff Andrus .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Julette Sanders .... casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonina Flowers .... key set costumer
Julette Sanders .... wardrobe assistant
Danette Wilson .... buyer
 
Editorial Department
Eric Chase .... final digital colorist
Michael Whitton .... digital colorist
Donovan Kosters .... dcp mastering (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Evan Eneman .... music supervisor
Zach Lemmon .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Barak Shpiez .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Liz Edwards .... script supervisor
B. Lerae Funderburg .... additional production legal service (as Esq. B. Lerae Funderburg)
Joel Goldstein .... senior legal counsel (as Esq. Joel Goldstein)
Ryan Hitch .... production assistant
Kellie Maltagliati .... location manager
Julette Sanders .... key production coordinator
Michael Whitton .... story editor
Kathy Zebrowski-Heller .... production legal services: Working with Filmmakers Legal Clinic at Chapman University School of Law (as Kathy Z. Heller)
Wladyslaw Czerski .... legal department (uncredited)
Devon Pollard .... legal department (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Desiree Finnegan .... the producers wish to thank
Joel Marasigan .... the producers wish to thank
Yasmine Richards .... the producers wish to thank
Robyn Schnieders .... the producers wish to thank
Dan Snow .... the producers wish to thank
 

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Worth The Look, 14 March 2012
Author: J SJpopent from PA

The world is full of low-budget comedies vying for notice. Some of them are worthy; some of them should just disappear.

Exit Strategy is far from a perfect film, but it does have enough good aspects to make it worth the look. And it does hint that star and co-writer Jameel Saleem has the potential to make a very good film down the line. He is not quite there yet, but I bet he'll make it.

Saleem plays James, a lazy, but basically personable guy who works at a second-hand store in LA with his two best friends from college, Carville (Quincy Harris) and Leona (Noelle Balfour). One day he comes home to find out he has been evicted from his apartment.

He tries to hit his friends up, but when they both turn him down he decides to movie in with Kim (Kimelia Weathers), a girl he had been dating a few months. Honestly, it hadn't been going that great, he didn't know her that well and they hadn't even had sex yet. Still, James figures that she'll take him in, give him run of the house, cook for him, clean for him and that sex thing will have to come if they are living in the same house, right?

However, it doesn't turn out quite how he expects. She's a neat freak, has a fetish for pink, expects him to follow her rules of the house – and sex is off of the table until he's ready to consider marriage.

James' character would be offensive if not for the fact that he is lightly mocked by everyone in the film for his character deficiencies. He wants to sponge off of his girlfriend – live in her apartment, eat her food, watch her TV – and yet is horrified to think that she may have expectations from him as well. Or that she does not necessarily want things in her life done her way.

It seems like a reasonable expectation. In fact, though, that is just about the only reasonable thing about the girlfriend, which is by far the film's worst aspect.

That's because his girlfriend is a horror show. I realize that she is way over the top on purpose, for effect, but she is so off-putting that the rest of the film suffers.

It's supposed to be funny, and in some ways it is, but the character is so unbelievable and so over-the-top that you can't buy it. Also, her whims seem to blow with the wind, changing her from sweet to psycho without a moment's notice. She seems bi-polar and you always wonder why he just doesn't leave.

However, he can't move out because his two best friends from college won't let him sponge off them. Hey, here's a thought. Get your own place and then you can live however you want.

Instead, James ends up bitching to his friends, planning his escape and calling Kim out on a radio talk show. Radio personality Big Boy, plays himself in the studio – as well as being one of the film's producers – and for some reason, he and his posse are always filmed in ethereal layered soft focus, making every scene he does feel like a dream sequence.

The story idea is a bit awkward, but on the plus side Saleem and Weathers (who based her character on a stand-up idea she had been working) actually have a really good ear for dialogue. The writing is often much smarter and snappier than the situation it is illustrating.

Therefore, Exit Strategy shows real promise. If Saleem can just get his act together as far as plotting and learn to dump some of the extraneous gutter humor, the guy could be someone to keep an eye on.

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