In an interview with Tavis Smiley, Tim Reid said that he wished to make an African American version of MY FAIR LADY. Instead of mimicking the classical musical with Black actors in period costumes, Reid re-worked the basic theme to fit the current cultural moment.
The film is timely and on point. It is a fine piece of cultural criticism which is not heavy-handed. Reid respects contemporary Black youth culture and honors the original version of George Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION.
As the previous review has stated, there are a few moments that do not ring true. In terms of the narrative, the "work-out" could have been cut. However, this scene is valuable in that it demonstrates how Black women are commodified in American culture. Again, a timely piece of cultural criticism.
This film is appropriate for teens and young adults. I especially recommend it for high school and college students writing comparative essays between European-centric plays and film with Hip Hop Culture.
Very nice. A nice addition to independent Black Film.
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