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Strictly Business (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 8 November 1991 (USA)
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Two black friends, one of lighter skin complexion than the other, try to use each other to improve their social and professional positions.

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Kevin Hooks, Rolando Hudson (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Davidson ... Bobby
Joseph C. Phillips ... Waymon
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Diedre (as Anne Marie Johnson)
David Marshall Grant ... David
Jon Cypher ... Drake
Samuel L. Jackson ... Monroe (as Sam Jackson)
Halle Berry ... Natalie
Kim Coles ... Millicent
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Leroy Halloran
James McDaniel ... Roland Halloran
Paul Provenza ... Larry
Annie Golden ... Sheila
Sam Rockwell ... Gary
Ira Wheeler Ira Wheeler ... Mr. Atwell
Sarah Stavrou Sarah Stavrou ... Karen
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Storyline

Fun-loving Bobby is a mail boy in a big firm, but he has a trump card, his best friend Waymon, a "white" African-American who is almost a partner in the firm. They make a deal: Waymon will try to move Bobby to the trainee broker programme if he will help him meet Natalie, the girl of his dreams. There's only one problem, everyone will have to change... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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A comedy about a kid who goes from the mailroom to the boardroom by improving relations between a mover & a shaker.

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Go Natalie! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,456,772, 10 November 1991

Gross USA:

$7,683,267

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,683,267
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Island World See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One actress and two actors later played Marvel characters. Halle Berry portrayed Storm in the X-Men film franchise. Samuel L. Jackson portrayed Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sam Rockwell portrayed the villain Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2 (2010). See more »

Quotes

Bobby Johnson: You know what, G? You are straight-up whiter than the *whitest* white man!
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Times We Share
Performed by Jodeci
Written by DeVante DeGrate (as DeVante Swing)
Courtesy of Uptown/MCA Records
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Before they were stars?
23 December 2003 | by LivingDogSee all my reviews

This is a cute little flick in which many actors, who later get more fame, appear in the same film.

Tommy Davidson (In Living Color, stand-up comedian), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction and Star Wars?), Halle Berry (some movie where she got an Oscar for some reason), Denis Leary (stand-up comedian known for his song "A..hole"), and Sam Rockwell (Galaxy Quest) get together in this not too interesting flick about business as usual.

It's simple formula works for people in their teens. It has a "70's" feel to it that makes it not worth watching. I found it interesting to see them all together before they became more famous. Halle Berry *is* adorable.

The ending is incredibly drawn out. I kept screaming in my head "END IT, PLEASE END IT!" 6/10

-Zafoid


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