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Deliver Us from Eva (2003)

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Eva Dandridge is a very uptight young woman who constantly meddles in the affairs of her sisters and their husbands. Her in-laws, who are tired of Eva interfering in their lives, decide to ... See full summary »

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Gary Hardwick

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James Iver Mattson (story), B.E. Brauner (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
LL Cool J ... Raymond 'Ray' Adams (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Gabrielle Union ... Evangeline 'Eva' Dandrige
Duane Martin ... Michael 'Mike'
Essence Atkins ... Kareenah Dandrige
Robinne Lee ... Bethany Dandrige
Meagan Good ... Jacqui Dandrige
Mel Jackson ... Timothy 'Tim'
Dartanyan Edmonds ... Darrell
Kym Whitley ... Ormandy
Royale Watkins Royale Watkins ... Telly
Matt Winston ... Oscar
Ruben Paul ... Rashaun
Dorian Gregory ... Lucius Johnson
Kenya Moore ... Renee Johnson
Yuri Brown Yuri Brown ... Cynda
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Storyline

Eva Dandridge is a very uptight young woman who constantly meddles in the affairs of her sisters and their husbands. Her in-laws, who are tired of Eva interfering in their lives, decide to set her up with someone so she can leave them alone. They end up paying Ray, the local "playboy," $5,000 to date her. The plan goes by smoothly, but troubles comes when Ray actually falls in love with Eva. Written by Nadiya K. Edwards <nadiyae@clemson.edu>

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Taglines:

Lead us into temptation, but...deliver us from Eva!!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Focus Features

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sógorok réme See more »

Filming Locations:

Altadena, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,648,374, 9 February 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,334,912, 23 March 2003
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The final scene, where Ray and Eva ride off on horseback is supposed to take place in Chicago, yet two Los Angeles County MTA buses are seen passing by. See more »

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Darrell: Eva's sisters gave her a cross with Jesus on it for her birthday, the next day Jesus was gone!
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Version of The Taming of the Shrew (1982) See more »

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Surprisingly Warm!!!
8 August 2003 | by nifabsSee all my reviews

Despite criticism, this manages to deliver a bit of comedy and drama.

Gabrielle Union gives a standout performance as the unbelievable Eva Dandridge who needs someone like Ray to knock her from her high horse but she's that way cos she's taken too many knocks from life. She is pure evil.

LL Cool J is a bit too neat or not too expressive maybe it's the role maybe not but he cuts a slightly bland figure.

Between the two of them,they manage to create a cracking chemistry that sizzles and makes all other characters pale by comparison.

This movie was touching and sincere for a Black movie(a trait which is played down in most Black flicks), there's been a recent departure from the gangsta and hood epics or drugs and money flicks.

Gabrielle Union was a delight to watch as ice queen Eva Dandridge(who's been jilted by a one time-fiancée), watching over her sisters with a ruthless passion and closely guarding her heart against intrusion. I kinda felt sympathy when I realised she'd given up on her life (when her parents died)to raise and care for her siblings, but the time came to take a backseat, she moved on and was woman enough to breach the gap she'd created between her siblings and their men.

LL Cool J was smooth as the player who took her on a bet. I admire the way he brought Eva down to earth, that's what women respect in a man. Knowing your own self worth, never kowtowing to them but meeting them at the right point and giving in only if need be. This may sound sexist but show me a sista or woman who'd respect her man if he yessed to her all the time. Not One!!

Gabrielle and J simply stole the movie, the supporting cast are just supporting(no insults meant), there was no one who came close to touching the two leads not because they were the stars but they infused strength and dynamism into their respective roles, they breathed life into them...

It's good to see Black movies with a forte like this; it portrays us as intelligent and coming of age, which we did centuries ago anyway!!

LEAD ME INTO THIS!!!!

10/10


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