*With his latest movie, “35 & Ticking,” radio show personality turned director Russ Parr joins a growing group of African American filmmakers who are using their talent to tell our stories with flair and integrity.
Although the subtext of this film centers around the important theme of building a lasting relationship, Parr’s team doesn’t ridicule or belittle the subject, but instead have delivered a final product with the right balance of drama and humor.
Set in a big urban city, the film features an all-star cast lead by Kevin Hart, Nicole Ari Parker, Tamala Jones and Keith Robinson, as a group of close-knit friends in their mid-thirties who hear the clock ticking as they try to find lasting love. All the different relationship prototypes are represented: Cleavon (Hart), loveable, but clueless to the fact that his donating sperm does not constitute a real job; Zenobia (Parker), a successful TV news anchor in search of Mr. Right; Phil (Robinson), a hardworking, blue-collar man struggling to raise two children alone and Victoria (Jones), a hapless woman in a doomed relationship.
The chemistry between the cast, (which also includes hilarious cameos by Michael Epps, Darius McCurry, Clifton Powell and Wendy Raquel Robinson) is particularly strong as they easily play to each other’s strengths in creating characters that offer touching moments and laugh-out-loud fun. The writing and quick pace direction keeps things interesting and makes this one of those films that you will want keep and watch again and again when friends and family come over.
“35 & Ticking” is the most recent film released through the AMC Theatre’s innovative AMCi program for independent filmmakers. The film is also the recipient of the AAFCA “Seal of Approval” for its positive portrayal of African American images in cinema.
Kudos to Parr and his team!
Very Good (4 stars)
Running time: 1hour 44 minutes
Distributor: Image Entertainment
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