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Strictly Business (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 8 November 1991 (USA)
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Two black friends, one of lighter skin complexion than the other, try to use each other to improve their social and professional positions.

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Kevin Hooks, Rolando Hudson (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Davidson ... Bobby
Joseph C. Phillips ... Waymon
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Diedre (as Anne Marie Johnson)
David Marshall Grant ... David
Jon Cypher ... Drake
Samuel L. Jackson ... Monroe (as Sam Jackson)
Halle Berry ... Natalie
Kim Coles ... Millicent
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Leroy Halloran
James McDaniel ... Roland Halloran
Paul Provenza ... Larry
Annie Golden ... Sheila
Sam Rockwell ... Gary
Ira Wheeler Ira Wheeler ... Mr. Atwell
Sarah Stavrou Sarah Stavrou ... Karen
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Storyline

Fun-loving Bobby is a mail boy in a big firm, but he has a trump card, his best friend Waymon, a "white" African-American who is almost a partner in the firm. They make a deal: Waymon will try to move Bobby to the trainee broker programme if he will help him meet Natalie, the girl of his dreams. There's only one problem, everyone will have to change... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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A comedy about a kid who goes from the mailroom to the boardroom by improving relations between a mover & a shaker.

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Go Natalie! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,456,772, 10 November 1991

Gross USA:

$7,683,267

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,683,267
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Island World See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One actress and two actors later played Marvel characters. Halle Berry portrayed Storm in the X-Men film franchise. Samuel L. Jackson portrayed Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sam Rockwell portrayed the villain Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2 (2010). See more »

Quotes

Bobby Johnson: You know what, G? You are straight-up whiter than the *whitest* white man!
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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I Just Want Your Love
Performed by Stephanie Mills
Written by Cydne Monet, Stacey Kelly & Dave Hall (as Dave "Jam" Hall)
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A Positive Movie
23 August 2018 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

I must say, they surprised me. They surprised me by saving this movie. This movie was headed down the toilet and in the final hour (figuratively) they saved it.

Waymon Tinsdale (Joseph C. Philips) is a financial broker for a big time New York firm. He is successful, black, and extremely square. They went way over the top in conveying that he was not hip and "whiter than the whitest white man" as stated by his friend Bobby (Tommy Davidson). It was just cringeworthy how out of place they made Waymon around other black people. I wanted to scream looking at him attempting to fit in.

Then, for as intelligent as he was, they conveniently made him brainless trying to chase after Natalie (Halle Berry). Now, it's not out of the realm of possibility that a man would lose his head over Halle Berry, not at all. I"m sure there are a plethora of brilliant men that have lost their marbles over a beautiful woman, but it didn't fit in this instance.

As the story and the actions of Waymon seemed to get more and more absurd they flipped it for a fairly brilliant ending. In fact, I was on my way to rating it a 3/10 or less but the ending prompted me to rate it a 7/10. I had a problem with some of the tropes but they were bearable. "Strictly Business" was a very positive movie after all with showing African Americans in a positive light regardless of what side of the tracks they grew up on.


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