Loving Jezebel

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Theodorus Melville (Hill Harper) is a natural ladies man, but that doesn’t mean his luck with romance is always good. He can dazzle the girls and make them fall for him, but as it stands, it seems like only taken women come his way. This means he finds himself in trouble often, thanks to all the husbands and boyfriends out there, who don’t like Theodorus pimpin’ on their chicks. Although this has been his luck for as long as he can remember, he keeps on looking for that one special woman, so he can settle down and leave his playin’ days behind. So down on his luck in the realm of romance, Theodorus starts to think his case is hopeless, but that’s when he meets the beautiful Samantha (Laurel Holloman). Of course, he falls head over heels for her and thinks this could be the one, but as he soon discovers, nothing that good comes with ease and then Theodorus finds himself in more trouble than ever before.

I had decent hopes for Loving Jezebel, but in the end, it turned into a mess, with very little to praise about the production. I read the synopsis and figured it had some real potential, which is why I am so let down with the film. The premise is good, but of course leaves little room for fresh material, but writer/director Kwyn Bader falters with every step here. The few moments worth the time are just good, which means even an average movie would run circles around this clunker. The dialogue is recycled and stale here, with what seems like minimal effort put into the characters, very poor writing all around here. The cast has a couple bright spots, but is pretty much either unknowns or washed up television stars, which leaves the bad material to become even worse. Had this premise found a new writer and some thought went into the casting process, Loving Jezebel could have been a lot of fun, but as it is, I think a rental will handle all interested parties.

I really figured the young, eclectic cast here would shine, but given the material they had to work with, I’m surprised they even delivered the lines without walking off the set. The selection of performers here is decent, but lacks a strong central presence, thanks to Hill Harper’s stereotypical and predictable performance. Harper (Get On The Bus, The Skulls) seems like a soap opera washout, as his delivery is weak and screen presence is less than commanding. His role needs a charismatic, energetic actor, but Harper seems to think the opposite is needed, perhaps his mind was elsewhere. I do think he could survive on the television circuit, but unless he really cracks down, I hope he doesn’t get many feature film roles soon. The rest of the cast is better, but still not as bold and strong as I would have liked. Some of the other performers here include Nicole Ari Parker (A Map of the World, Remember The Titans), Phylicia Rashad (Tv’s The Cosby Show), Sandrine Holt (Black Robe), Elisa Donovan (Clueless, 15 Minutes), and Laurel Holloman (Boogie Nights, Committed).

Video: How does it look?

Loving Jezebel is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. This disc offers a better than average, but not excellent visual presentation. The intentional soft images come across well, as do the bright, bold colors and I also noted how natural the flesh tones looked. No problems with contrast either, black levels look solid and detail is strong, though not as complex as some transfers. I do think the softness used here throws off detail to an extent, which is the reason this transfer is not scored a little higher.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included 2.0 surround mix is more than solid, but the musical soundtrack seems a little confined at times. But even so, the tunes come through well enough in the end, just not as rich as a full 5.1 track could allow. The sound effects don’t need much room to stretch, so this track handles them without issue, but don’t expect the surrounds to pulse either. The main focus is the dialogue, which has a pleasant and clean sound, although not as crisp as I had expected. This is still an above average mix, but I had expected a little more, especially from the musical presence. This disc also includes subtitles in English and French, just in case you’ll need those.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.

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