Action / Comedy
Action / Comedy
Bobby Taylor wants to be a respected actor. From Sam Spade to Shakespeare to superheros, he can do it all. He just has to convince Hollywood that gangstas, slaves and "Eddie Murphy-types" aren't the sum of his talents.
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April 29, 2015 at 10:18 PM
Impressive Independent Film - Real and Funny
Interesting and impressive, Hollywood Shuffle allows the characters to
the point that Townsend is making, without being too harsh or
The film incorporates some great parody scenes such as the Siskel and
inspired "Speed and Tyrone" where the reviewers sneak into movies.
Most impressive is the background to the film, which makes the finished
product all the more impressive. Townsend's freshmen effort is a true
success, and goes where few first timers are normally able to
Dead-on parody of Hollywood
This is a great movie. It is absolutely hilarious, and it easily represents R. Townshend's best work. In fact, it's far, far better than anything else he's ever done, which is remarkable considering the film's tiny budget.
The humor is biting and relevant. The movie is highly recommended.
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A clever, underappreciated satire
Robert Townsend's independent debut is a light-hearted farce that explores the struggles of black actors of Hollywood. But the issues that the film could be applied to talented folks in any field who are prevented from reaching their full potential because of stereotypes.
Many of the cast were unknowns at the time but they did an excellent job in the various skits. My favorite is the parody of Siskel and Ebert's TV show, where two street hoods sneak into the movies to give their own rather unique reviews. Amadeus is slammed by the amateur critics because "the movie's title is too hard to pronounce" while a movie about Zombie Street Pimps is given the thumbs up, because of the attention to detail. This is typical of the kind of humor employed throughout the movie - Townsend takes a racial stereotype and turns it outside out, making us think and laugh out loud at the same time.
I wish more directors, black or not, would follow Townsend's personal, self-effacing approach to movie-making but I guess it's easier to produce yet another violent shoot-em up or special effects showcase. Oh well.