Writer-director Pete Chatmon's comedy about the personal and professional tribulations of a struggling African-American actor deals with many of the same issues broached in Robert Townshend's angry, ultra-low budget comedy HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (1987). But strong performaces and Chatmon's low-key sense of humor give the film an engaging charm.
New Jersey-based Reggie Coolidge (Dorian Missick), who prefers to be called "Cool," is having an exceptionally bad day. His gas-station job (barely) pays the bills -- he can't even afford a car -- and his so-called career is seriously stalled. All he ever gets to audition for is roles as pimps, drug dealers and gangbangers...