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98 minutes · 2016

Comedy, Period drama
This slapstick comedy set in the Jim Crow south marks the promising directorial debut of former Chicagoan Seckeita Lewis. The story—written by Lewis's husband, Brandon, who also stars as the goofy title character—centers on two black men, bound by a childhood tragedy, as they outwit their angry, racist white neighbors in rural Mississippi the day the Civil Rights Act of 1964 becomes law. Mixing farce with melodrama can be tricky, and many of the actors, whose deliveries range from wooden to hammy, aren't up to the task. Yet the Lewises make up for this, their low budget, and their own lack of experience with raw talent and cheeky revisionist humor that flips the darkness of that era into a bright, theatrical light. With Anthony Fort, Gregg Daniel, and Irma P. Hall.

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