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A Simple Promise (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 27 May 2008 (USA)
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A struggling young artist meets a talented, and undiscovered songstress. Desperately seeking success, they both must face hard truths and contend with sacrifice on their individual paths to... See full summary »

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... Mary
... Max
... Alexis
... Terrence
... Chuck
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thannya Beck ... Dianna
Angel DeLuna ... Angel Perales
Sasha Doetchman ... Alexis - age 4
Chad Gretzner ... Presenter #1
Idalis Harris ... Student
Lawrence Harris ... Sleeping Son
Rita Hernandez ... Presenter #1
Aikisha Holly ... Shawn
... TV Show Host (as Brad Hvolbeck)
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A struggling young artist meets a talented, and undiscovered songstress. Desperately seeking success, they both must face hard truths and contend with sacrifice on their individual paths to fame and along the way they find a love that teaches them what success is really all about. Written by Anonymous

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What Are You Willing To Sacrifice For Your Dreams?

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Drama | Romance

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Mary: Can you two please get over here and pick up the potatoes?
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An Enjoyable Indie Film
22 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Even though this is an indie film, and at times, looks like it was made with little money, there is a solid story being told here.

The film follows the arc of its two protagonists as they navigate life's challenges of love, career and family choices. "A Simple Promise" tells the tale of Madison (Layla Kayleigh), a promising songstress and Marcus (Wallace Demarria), an aspiring artist. After they get together as a couple, they decide that whomever "makes" it first, the other will support their mate in their career and their family unit. The interesting conflict happens when one of them does "make it" and then watching what unfolds.

The cast, comprised of mostly unknown actors, delivers solid performances. There are only two actors that you may recognize: Ella Joyce (from TV's 90s sitcom, "Roc") and Layla Kayleigh (backstage correspondent from MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew).

The chemistry between the two main characters, Marcus (a very able Wallace Demmaria) and Madison (the lovely Layla Kayleigh), is evident and carries the film's narrative.

The supporting cast of varied characters is strong: Madison's die-hard home girl Shawn(Aikisha Holly); Madison's sleazy music manager Max(Bobby Reed); Madison's alcoholic & abusive ex-boyfriend Chuck(Glen Mac); Marcus' true-blue buddy Terrence(Selwyn Ward); The couple's sweet-as-pie daughter Alexis (Alana Ethridge); and lovable diner owner and surrogate mother to Madison & Shawn (Ella Joyce).

The actors in this film have chosen to take the norms (caricatured "black" characters) seen in most urban films and infused them with some heart and mind. Thank god. I'm tired of watching unintelligent, uninspired and unbelievable depictions of African American characters allegedly being "real," written by people (both black and white) who think that African American culture is only one thing. These characters are flawed, yet genuine and intelligently fleshed-out by the cast. I enjoyed watching their characters' various up-and-down journeys.

This indie film is far from perfect. The first two acts flow well. The third act tends to drag a bit. Even though I enjoyed the story resolutions, I do wonder what this film would have looked like with a substantially larger budget.

Whatever the case, the questions "A Simple Promise" aims to provoke of its audience, serve as life's "be careful what you ask for" illustration.

Not a masterpiece, but definitely well worth the rental.


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