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Cool is a struggling actor fed up with stereotypical African-American roles. While pumping gas to make ends meet, he collides with his ex-fiancé after 3 years of silence. She is getting married in 36 hours. As the clock ticks on his life, love, and career, Cool finds he must take on the biggest "role" of his life to win her back.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dorian Missick, Zoe Saldana, Hill Harper, Eva Pigford, Frankie Faison
  • Directors: Pete Chatmon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Code Black Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M7XRGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Premium" on IMDb

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Premium is one of the BEST movies I have seen to date. The story is relational to everyones lives in so many ways! Pete is a visionary and the potrayal of what happens is so on point to the lives of every human being. You will find yourself looking inward and remembering right along with Cool and Charlie. This is as Chatmon calls a REAL "New Wave in American Cinema" If this is the beginning, than I know we have the Next Great director on our hands. Not to mention the talent and range portrayed by Missick and Saldana. Be on the lookout for these "A" listers!!
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I saw an advanced screening of this film in NYC. It was great. The story is sweet, charming and funny. Dorian Missick is charming and charismatic as "Cool" and the supporting cast is supurb as well. Pete Chatmon, who wrote and directed it is going to be a superstar!~
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If you are a Tyler Perry fan, move along, move along. Nothing to see here. And I'm not saying that to disparage you or Perry but rather as a description of how this movie compares to what TP puts out. I liked Premium because it's kind of a breath of fresh air in the field of African American romantic comedies. It stands on its own, being less a story about black people in a particular situation and more showing the relatable and funny interactions of a group of people who happen to be black. It is well-written, well-acted and well-paced. I saw it on Netflix and went to buy my own copy so that I could always catch it.
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This movie kept me up all night, and I really only put it on as something to fall asleep to! The acting was great, I loved the chemistry between the two main characters, and the storyline was real. It's a definite keeper for me that I will be watching again, in the future.
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This movie should not have an average rating of 4 stars. This show is definately not 5 star material. It's a 3 at best, but I'm giving it a two. I didn't hate this at all, but I didn't like it very much either. It was so long, and dry, and boring...I managed to push through and watch it all but it was difficult.

All of the actors were pretty good in this, except for Zoe Saldana. This woman is a terrible actress to me. Her acting is so bland. I dont know what her problem is, it's like she takes a tranquilizer before she goes on set or something.

This was a boring movie, and the sordid "relationship" between Cool and Zoe Saldana's charachter was senseless. It was like watching a movie within a movie, but this particular storyline didn't fit.

This movie really didn't look like a B-movie. The lighting was good, the audio was great, and there was mostly veteran actors in it, too. I would say definately rent before you buy. I was going to buy this until I saw it at Blockbuster so I rented it and ermmm......

I have no intention of buying.
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Kudos to the filmmaker and his multi-talented cast for putting together one of the most refreshing films I've seen in a long time! It's not often that we get to appreciate the organic, home-grown goodness of a truly original script. I really enjoyed the chemistry between the lead characters, Charli and Cool (Zoe Saldana & Dorian Missick), as well as the rest of this loveable cast. It was nice to see familiar faces like Frankie Faison and Hill Harper play such original characters, very different from their previous films. I especially appreciate Chatmon's talent for writing clever dialogue (which is extremely funny too) and his dedication to the authenticity of the human spirit.

The experiences of these characters hits very close to home for many people, including myself. But to see it portrayed on screen helps to remind one of the beauty of our everyday lives. This is the perfect romantic comedy/contemporary-coming-of-age story, enjoyable for all audiences, and it definitely leaves me hoping for a sequel!
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I'm constantly on the lookout for richly developed characters and sincere storytelling, and if you feel the same way, you'll be delighted by Pete Chatmon's PREMIUM. There is a ton of heart in this film. It made me laugh, but it also made me think - about relationships, about stereotypes, about the decisions we make and how they shape the course of our lives. This is not a typical "black film" with an exclusive audience - its universal themes apply to everyone. Great performances by all the actors, including Dorian Missick and Zoe Saldana, enhance what was already a very entertaining and well-written script. Props to Chatmon, who beat the odds to make this touching film, despite limited resources and all the obstacles that accompany independent filmmaking! Whether you are an aspiring artist struggling to make your own creative visions into a reality, or simply maneuvering through life's ongoing issues of love and longing, you will gain something from watching PREMIUM.
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Premium was one of the best films I saw last year.

In a climate of formulaic plots and predictable storylines, I found Chatmon's writing to be authentic and CREATIVE, two elements often missing in today's cinema. I enjoyed the perfomances of the actors, especially Zoe Saldana. I don't think I have ever been moved by any of her performances until seeing Premium. I really liked her and belived her and I attribute that to direction, once again, Chatmon bringing something fresh to the screen. Dorian Missick was textured and Hil Harper, tangible.

I love seeing people of color on screen with purpose and presence. This film delivers that for me and I will buy it to have it alongside the other credible films in my library.
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