Hollywood Shuffle (1987) - Comedy

Hohum Score

23

Watchable

An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood.

IMDB: 7
Director: Robert Townsend
Stars: Robert Townsend, Craigus R. Johnson
Length: 78 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 5 out of 35 found boring (14.28%)

One-line Reviews (12)

While Townsend seems to be trying to make a joke about life in Hollywood, he actually is simply connecting to every stereotype and cliché in the book.

The funny parts are still riotously funny (Nearly every second of "Sneakin' In The Movies with Tyrone and Speed" is laugh-out-loud funny), but other parts are boring and flat.

by Dane Youssef Movies in general are so formulaic that even most independent films are pretty routine and by-the-numbers.

The Wayans are in this film, but Townsend demonstrates that he has the ability to even bring the worst out even in this entertaining family.

Many of the fantasy sequences are too long and drawn-out, and Bobby's story seems to suffer for it, feeling too simple and rushed.

Director/co-writer Robert Townsend gives a wonderfully engaging performance as eager and affable aspiring actor Bobby Taylor, who's having trouble getting that one major role that will launch his career.

It's pretty unfunny, lasts way too long and milks the scenes for cheap laughs that fall flat.

I was surprised how tedious and un-funny some stretches of the film are, and how disconnected the various skits were.

Instead of a smart comedy, we have a hodgepodge of so many ideas, comedic skits, and underused actors that this film goes from decent to nearly unwatchable.

Hollywood Shuffle, with its sentimental depiction of a fatherless working class family and a young man pursuing his dream, speaks to teens of all ethnicities, and touches on the timeless themes of self-respect, the importance of family and coming of age.

Of course they've gone on to bigger, and totally unexpected, better things.

So, if you find yourself not laughing at the humor of this story, perhaps there is some comfort in knowing that some of the Wayans brothers are around to help spice up this dull story.