Carl Anthony Payne II, God bless you. Thank you for including the II in your name (and isn't Jr. a cliche now?). We loved you as "Cockroach" on The Cosby Show in the '80s -- even though Bill Cosby personally axed you due to your refusal to get a haircut. And now you've given us Swirl, the cutely-titled comedy about modern mixed-race romances.
Alas, there's not much that's actually funny in Les Wilson's 75-minute indie, which substitutes raunchy dialogue for insight into an ongoing and nagging social issue. Sarah (Stephanie Denise Griffin) and Beethoven(!) (Payne) are best buds, then business partners, then lovers. Society disapproves. Audience disapproves -- not because of any taboo, but because we ain't laughing.
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