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November 11, 2016 / admin

Almost Christmas… Another Stereotypical Black Ensemble Movie


I just saw a trailer for a movie that is coming out today called “Almost Christmas” and all I have to say is *Sigh*, especially to the gun bit at the end.

As one of the commenters on the youtube page noted the movie looks like a recycled carbon copy of the same old same old – “This Christmas” (2007 comedy). Not to mention, the stereotypical loud/ghetto, player/thug characters are a reincarnation of the other tired all-black movies that have been released in the last few years with a Christmas slant thrown on top (the Perfect Match, Think Like a Man, Baggage Claim, and any Madea movie, to name a few).

I am sure sometime within the next few years, we can expect another version of “Almost Christmas” with the same B and C list actors from 15 years ago (can the casting directors not find any new young black actors?) called “Basically Christmas”

My other issue with the current crop of black movies, besides barely ever introducing new actors and all the characters playing stereotypical caricatures, is that they always seem to be an ensemble cast. There will be like 50-11 actors and irrelevant subplots occurring at the same time (e.g. any Madea movie).

I know these types of movies keep getting produced because they are the ones the people seem to support, but is anyone out there writing good movies featuring black characters with some substance to it (not focused solely on race or slavery, isn’t melodramatic with lazy writing, and omits the hood humor?) Seriously, is a good black romantic comedy too much to ask for?

 

Thoughts? Will you be watching ALMOST CHRISTMAS this weekend or nah?

 

SIDE NOTE: At the very least, although the jokes were not funny, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013) did feature Tika Sumpter and Chad Michael Murray in an interracial relationship and they made for a pretty hot couple.

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  1. Desiree / Dec 8 2016 7:23 pm

    Tika Sumpter and Chad Michael Murray did not play a couple in A Madea Christmas, it was Tika and Eric Lively (Blake Lively’s brother).

  2. cpmur17 / Dec 25 2016 8:28 am

    So true! I get so sick of these types of movies.

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