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For Real (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 3 June 2003 (USA)
Actor Tim Reid directs and stars in this hip-hop Pygmalian story, playing Mac, an entertainment-industry mover and shaker who unexpectedly finds himself the guardian of a poor teenage girl ... See full summary »

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Tim Reid
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tim Reid ... Mac
Tamara 'Gingir' Curry Tamara 'Gingir' Curry ... Cece (as Tamara Curry)
Elijah Long ... Blaze (as Eugene Long)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Abaya Chris Abaya ... Dr. Glock
Theo Caesar ... C-Dog (as Teddy 'Sho' Abner)
Rosetta DeVine Rosetta DeVine ... Jackie
Susan Fales-Hill Susan Fales-Hill ... Glynis
Martin C. Jones Martin C. Jones ... Jean-Claude (as Martin Jones)
Kweli Leapart Kweli Leapart ... Hardy
Lamonte Mills Lamonte Mills ... Legal Assistant (as L.W. Mills)
Dino A. Muminovic Dino A. Muminovic ... Roadies
Nick Nerangis Nick Nerangis ... Judge
Tori Reid ... Rochelle
Nidra Sous la Terre ... Choreographer (as Nedra McClyde)
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Actor Tim Reid directs and stars in this hip-hop Pygmalian story, playing Mac, an entertainment-industry mover and shaker who unexpectedly finds himself the guardian of a poor teenage girl named CeCe (Tamara Curry). Working against the odds, Mac attempts to shape CeCe into an urban pop star.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duet See more »

Filming Locations:

Chesterfield, Virginia, USA See more »

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(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Outstanding
25 January 2006 | by incontextSee all my reviews

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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