In one vision, Bobby is a detective pursuing a murderer with a Jheri curl. You have to admire the way that Townsend wants to put out some legitimate roles for black actors to play and black actors to idolize. It reminded me of a grade school Spelling Bee where it is finally your child's time to spell. Some films have great scenes and some are just good films; this is both. Comedians featured in this film include Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Dom Irrera, Don Reed, and John Witherspoon.
If you watch the preview before the film which I constantly do , you will immediately get the wrong impression of what you are going to see. In fact, it's far, far better than anything else he's ever done, which is remarkable considering the film's tiny budget. It makes its point early on and just keeps making it again and again and again. When this film first came out, I saw it and loved it. The parts that were supposed to be serious were somehow destroyed by the poor lack of funny comedy.
There are some moments here you'll roar with laughter at, as well as put a lump in your throat and a strange feeling of hope and pride. It just has an energy and a voice that is real and unqiue and powerful. The movie then goes into his fantasy and enacts it for us, usually with him playing one of the characters in it. Townsend had a decent concept with this film, but sadly the execution is what ultimately hurt this film. In another, he is Uncle Tom with an angry mob after him. Townsend sank his own ship on this one, and I don't think Hollywood Shuffle will ever re-submerge as a pivotal moment of Hollywood cinema. As the trailer ends, Townsend begs the audience to see the film as the set's furniture is repossessed.
It's sad as well because many of these stereotypes are still true to this day. Every actor is perfectly cast, especially Townsend himself. For those with talent who dare to dream big. Reviewed by BigMan-12 8 This is a great movie. Finally, the duo give lavish praise and a high five to the film Attack of the Killer Street Pimps. They disapprove of Dirty Larry; instead of giving it a thumbs-down, the two give it the finger.
An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. Some of this works more than others but when it works, it's fresh. Should he join the system and play stereotypical roles? The vignette ends when Speed and Tyrone are caught sneaking into the theater and ejected. Instead of a smart comedy, we have a hodgepodge of so many ideas, comedic skits, and underused actors that this film goes from decent to nearly unwatchable. It happens as often as the rise and setting of the suns, but here is a film where it feels a little more special? She wasn't impressed, and I can't say that I blame her. Instead, we are threaded through a weak story, which supports itself with idiotic flash clips that may have worked for a sitcom, but surely didn't work for this film. While I am a strong believer that there is too much racial profiling happening in Hollywood, even today, I do not believe that Townsend's directorial debut did much to stop it.
Genuinely funny with real heart. What could have been beautiful satire transforms into simply generic humor that never quite stands apart from the rest. Finally, I would like to say that this was a workable film. Was this a comedy or was it a drama? Ethnic caricatures that shame and set back their race. Hey, is that a new one? I just thought that with the talent pool that Townsend had to pull from that Hollywood Shuffle would have been funny, bright, and a true stab at this obvious Hollywood dilemma.
Sadly, it was none of the above. And then we realize we already know. Greats Keenan Ivory Wayans and John Witherspoon have bit players as people who work at a hog stand in the neighborhood who don't ask for much out of life. It's pretty unfunny, lasts way too long and milks the scenes for cheap laughs that fall flat. Robert Townsend is thoroughly believable and sympathetic in the role, and I liked him quite a bit. In one vision, Bobby is a detective pursuing a murderer with a Jheri curl.
I liked Robert Townsend, and I felt for his plight. Much of the movie seems like it would have been dated even at the time it was released. Townsend had neither of these, and combined with the inability to control his actors, he just failed in a ball of flames. Lil' Bobby obviously wants to say something about the way the brothers and sisters are treated in the biz. This film showed people how the Movie making business handles the majority of young black actors who're trying to make it in the movies.