Cover (2007)



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A woman accused could be either a killer or a victim in this psychological drama from director Bill Duke. Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis) is a God-fearing housewife and artist who one day finds herself in a situation she never imaged possible -- being questioned on murder charges by no-nonsense police detective Hicks (Lou Gossett Jr.) and Simmons (Clifton Davis), a district attorney eager to close this case. As Valerie repeatedly insists she's not a murderer, she tells the story of the last several months of her life. Valerie's husband, Dutch (Razaaq Adoti), is a psychiatrist with a practice in Atlanta who was offered a high-paying job by his old friend Monica (Paula Jai Parker), who works at a hospital in Philadelphia. Dutch takes the job and Valerie dutifully follows, and as she seeks solace in the women's support group at local church, Dutch spends more and more time with drug-abusing Monica, her wealthy but disinterested husband, Kevin (Roger Guenveur Smith), and obsessively womanizing musician Ryan Chambers (Leon). As Valerie's marriage begins to fall apart, she suspects her husband is being unfaithful, but she's shocked to discover the truth is more complicated than she imagined. Cover also stars Vivica A. Fox, Patti LaBelle, and Mya Harrison. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for mature thematic material, sexual situations and language, violence and some drug content)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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John Patrick Barry
as Police Officer
Razaaq Adoti
as Dutch Maas
Aunjanue Ellis
as Valerie Maas
Vivica A. Fox
as Zahara Milton
Louis Gossett Jr
as Detective Hicks
Richard Gant
as Robert Maas
as Ryan Chambers
Paula Jai Parker
as Monica Wilson
Patti LaBelle
as Mrs. Persons
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Critic Reviews for Cover

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

Cover is a social-problem film without a solution. While not of the first rank, its inventory of Philadelphia's hot restaurants and cool sights is an occasion for civic pride.

February 28, 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Director Bill Duke aims for social awareness, but delivers second-rate melodrama instead.

Full Review… | February 26, 2008
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A perfect storm of movie badness.

February 25, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Approached as comedy, Cover is a riot.

February 22, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine
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Would be a candidate for the year's most unintentionally funny movie so far - if it weren't also the most homophobic.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
New York Post
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The flesh is weak but the spirit is indestructible in Cover, a ham-fisted morality tale.

February 22, 2008
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Cover


This film held my interest. I was definitely surprised about the husband. Aunjanue Ellis is a fine actress. Great cast.

Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres

don't think I'll ever get married!! lmao this movie was toooooo Real!!!! jaw dropping moments in this film!

KiRstin MArie
KiRstin MArie

A very weird movie... Not too bad overall, but weird nonetheless and pretty unpredictable the whole way... It has a whooole lotta different things going on - different relationships w/ seemingly a million characters, but it all somehow comes together in the end....for the most part anyway The film touches on a pretty controversial, sensitive and very real issue within the African-American community.. Not gonna say much more than that, so as to not give anything away... Anyway, I might not recommend this to everyone, but at least some.

Meya P
Meya P

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