Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Michael Bivins on stage at the 2017 BET Awards held at Microsoft Square - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 25th June 2017
Kelly Rowland is approached by photographers as she leaves Jack N' Jill's Café in Beverly Hills with a friend. She is asked if it's true that she may be returning to her former band Destiny's Child for a Superbowl performance but she does not reply. She is also asked if there will be any dubstep on her upcoming album and is shocked when one paparazzo refers to it as 'techno but for white people'. 'I know exactly what dubstep is', she says. 'A lot of black people like dubstep too.'
A "Taming of the Shrew"-inspired romantic comedy about three buddies who are so in love with three sisters that they bribe a local Lothario to romance the girls' foxy but man-less, meddling hellcat of an older sibling, "Deliver Us From Eva" is thick with unfulfilled promise.
Where there could be well-developed characters, there are empty caricatures of bossy black women and whipped black men instead. Where there should be smart comedy, there's a silly, sit-comy kidnapping scenario.
In under-thumb husband/boyfriend roles that good actors like Morris Chestnut or Terrence Howard could have added real substance to, "Eva" has cue-card-quality non-name players -- Mel Jackson (whose eyebrows move as much as his lips with every line delivery) and Dartanyan Edmonds (playing the kind of corn-row-coifed brother whose vocabulary doesn't extend much beyond the word "daaaaamn!").
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