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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

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83

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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This satirical look at the ambivalent relationship between Hollywood power brokers and African-American performers marked the writing, producing, and directing debut of Robert Townsend. The filmmaker also stars as Bobby Taylor, a struggling actor looking for his big break despite his family's and co-workers' reservations about his chosen career path. While working a day job flipping burgers, Bobby heads out to insulting cattle calls where white casting agents pass judgement on whether he seems

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Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans

Jul 24, 2001

Virgin Vision

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

Brimming with imagination and energy, Hollywood Shuffle is the kind of shoestring effort more appealing in theory than execution.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Improv talent Robert Townsend is pretty much the whole show.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Despite the film's conspicuously minuscule budget and shaky narrative structure, it is funny. If you value enthusiasm and imagination more than glossy sophistication, you'll laugh.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Townsend has taken aim at the industry's funny bone and struck a solid blow.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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For a mere $100,000, Townsend and company have made a funny, poignant and technically proficient film -- one that should thoroughly embarrass those studios that routinely offer up badly made, multimillion-dollar disasters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Under the circumstances, Hollywood Shuffle is an artistic compromise but a logistical triumph, announcing the arrival of a new talent whose next movie should really be something.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Townsend's low-budget indie is quite a poignant satire of the Hollywood industry and black stereotyping

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Always enjoyable and Townsend is great.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Although haphazardly paced and scattershot in approach, when it works, this satire on Hollywood's attitudes toward African-Americans is downright hilarious.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Instead of bile it has humor, which is the more reliable means of conveying a message.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

The movie isn't perfect, but it provides some genuine laughs and some real food for thought.

May 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Hollywood Shuffle is very uneven, the work of an inexperienced first-time director with a lot of unfocused talent.

June 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

More interesting in retrospect for its legitimate central message than its entertainment value

January 24, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Slyly funny satire on the the Hollywood race game.

September 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

The film is quite worth seeing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Hollywood Shuffle

The best comedy about racial stereotyping I've ever seen! If the subject of Black actors in Hollywood interests you, I highly recommend this movie. If not I still recommend this movie, it's hilarious!
February 2, 2011
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Parts of this film are soda through your nose funny.
March 22, 2008
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