Okay so I finally got the resolve to see the movie...(on bootleg mind you, and spending not so much as a cent of my own money).
The previews aren't an accurate portrayal of the film. I thought the white girl would have a different role...maybe that's why I didn't want to see it in the first place...but by the end of the movie I was like, oh hell yeah go 'head white girl!
I wouldn't be in a rush to see it again. In my criticism of films I'd place this one under the 'cute' category...you know, it does tell a story, it's sweet, good guy wins in the end...average stuff. I liked it but I didn't love it.
Some parts were waaaay too corny. The woman who played Anthony's wife; why was she casted? If the producers tried to get the audience to feel pity for her, it didn't work for me. She was more annoying than anything. And at the end, that "You know what they say, everybody gotta have a dream" line...GIMME A BREAK. What is this, Mr. Roger's neighborhood??
Terrance Howard never played the tough guy well enough for me. He killed it in Big Momma's House. He's just too damn pretty to be hard. He should try being a money laundering villian in a suit and tie...pimpin' obviously ain't easy for him.
But I would recommend it. I think depending on where you're coming from, different people will take different lessons or ideas from it.
Maybe next time Hollywood will find some originality.