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In the Mix

Platinum-selling singer Usher is one hell of a clotheshorse, but he's too amiable to be convincing as a leading man—not that anyone is particularly believable in this feeble comedy from director Ron Underwood (The Adventures of Pluto Nash). Usher plays a Brooklyn DJ enlisted by a Mafia don (Chazz Palminteri) to chaperone his daughter (Emmanuelle Chriqui) after a dustup with a rival family. The old-time mobsters are more nice guys than wiseguys, spouting conventional gangsterese but posing hardly any threat. Usher's biggest worry is concealing his romance with the daughter, yet the racial implications are barely addressed, which robs him of a chance to emote. Given his acting skill, that may have been the point. PG-13, 95 min.


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