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Dancing in September (2001)

Imalinda Williams , Isaiah Washington  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Imalinda Williams, Isaiah Washington, Nicole Ari Parker
  • Producers: Reuben Cannon, Don Kurt
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LDDC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dancing in September" on IMDb

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 1-JUN-2004
Media Type: DVD

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Drama About TV Business November 1, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
DANCING IN SEPTEMBER is the long-form directing debut of Reggie Rock Bythewood, writer of GET ON THE BUS. Although the film had its world premiere at the 2000 Hollywood Black Film Festival, it was not widely seen until it premiered on HBO a year later.
The film tells the story of Tommy Crawford (Nicole Ari Parker of TV's "Soul Food"), a staff writer on a television sitcom. When she dares speak her mind at a story meeting, the executive producer's fragile ego is bruised and Tommy abruptly gets the axe.
Fortunately, all is not lost. Tommy pitches her own television series to a start-up television network (not unlike the WB or UPN). George Washington (Isaiah Washington), an ambitious executive at the network, sees Tommy's show as a way up the corporate ladder and champions the project. Before you know it, the series (called "Just Us") is on the network's fall line-up and a special bond develops between Tommy and George. Through it all, Tommy is forced to navigate through the politics of network television. As the saying goes, "Be careful of what you ask for, because you might get it."
Isaiah Washington gives one of his best performances to date in DANCING IN SEPTEMBER. Unlike the Damon Wayans character in Spike Lee's similarly themed, BAMBOOZLED, George is believeable throughout the film. Although you may not always like George, his character is very consistent. Unlike, BAMBOOZLED, the story stays true to form, although there's a subplot that throws the film's equilibrium off slightly when it turns violent.
One of the real highlights among the cast is Nicole Ari Parker's performance. She is fantastic in this film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Staying true to yourself May 14, 2004
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this movie. It shows what can happen when you are behind the scenes of show business. How a person can get caught up, and how much it can change your life, and not always for the better. A really good movie to watch, with some good acting. People will want to compare this movie to Bamboolzed, but they are very different. I saw this when it first came on HBO a few years ago. Tommy Crawford (Nicole Ari Parker of TV's "Soul Food"), is a staff writer on a television sitcom. When she speaks out about the show she is writing on she gets fired.
She pitches her own television series to a start-up television network. George Washington (Isaiah Washington), an ambitious executive at the network, sees Tommy's show as a way up the corporate ladder and champions the project. Tommy's (called "Just Us") is on the network's fall line-up after some "creative tweaking."
Another reason to check out this movie is for Vicellous Reon Shannon's performance as James or "Semaj." His character is going through some emotional changes, and he is trying to make good with the mother of his child played by Melinda Williams (Soul Food Series). This movie is really excellent, and it's one you really should see. It's powerful without beating you on the head. You will get the message easily.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing in September November 13, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Although some might like to compare this movie to Bamboozled, I find that they are similar in theme but from two different points of view. Bamboozled shows us the inside of the television sitcom from the actors point of view. Whereas Dancing in September, we get to see the workings of television from the writers/producers viewpoint . I found Dancing in September to be an excellent film. The writing was first rate and the acting was equally as good. I have been following Isaiah Washington's career from his early days on Living Single, and have admired how much he has grown as an actor. If you want to see what goes on behind the scenes of situation comedy, Dancing in September is the movie to see. If you've ever wondered why a somewhat funny character suddenly goes over the top then Dancing in September is the movie to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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"Dancing in September" is one of those movies that comes up from your blind-side and knocks you to your knees. This movie has to be one of the most realistic, well written, acted, and powerful character development studies in a long, long time. I rented this movie, thinking I was getting a 'flick', just something to chill out to, y'know, you're typical feel good movie on par with "Love Jones", "Soul Food", "While You Were Sleeping" etc. A romantic comedy. Whew! *Whistles* Was I mistaken, but don't get me wrong! This movie is extremely powerful, more than that. This movie is effecting. Very effecting.
There are many themes in the movie, but it seems the underlying theme that carries through the whole film is the power of television and the people behind it. The movie is pot-holed with interludes where people in the television industry share their comments and thoughts on the lives of the characters and the power of TV, (but don't worry, unlike many movies I can think of, this does not jar the flow of the movie, which is quite an accomplishment). One woman says (and no, this isn't an exact quote) that if a commercial can convince you that a certain ant-acid is the solution to your pain, or that one insurance company is the solution to your debt problems, then it can certainly convince someone that violence is the answer, can't it? This has been a long debated topic since the beginning of television, and Nicole Ari Parker squares off with Isaiah Washington over this very issue during the course of the movie, while trying to juggle their intertwining professions, relationsips, and ultimately, the morals that both bring them together and put them at odds.
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