Hollywood Shuffle
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This insider's look at Tinseltown wheeling and dealing centers around the impending production of a typical "blaxploitation" flick, Jivetime Jimmy's Revenge. Seeking his Big Break, aspiring African-American actor Townsend auditions for this demeaning film. Townsend is put through the wringer by producers and casting agents whose notion of "blackness" is limited to "We need a new Eddie Murphy," "We need another Eddie Murphy," and even "We need a young Eddie Murphy." Before Townsend fully demonstrates the idiocies of the stereotyping… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brimming with imagination and energy, Hollywood Shuffle is the kind of shoestring effort more appealing in theory than execution."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Townsend has taken aim at the industry's funny bone and struck a solid blow."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Townsend's low-budget indie is quite a poignant satire of the Hollywood industry and black stereotyping"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Instead of bile it has humor, which is the more reliable means of conveying a message."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"More interesting in retrospect for its legitimate central message than its entertainment value"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Improv talent Robert Townsend is pretty much the whole show."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"For a mere $100,000, Townsend and company have made a funny, poignant and technically proficient film -- one that should thoroughly embarrass those studios that routinely offer up badly made, multimillion-dollar disasters."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Always enjoyable and Townsend is great."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"The movie isn't perfect, but it provides some genuine laughs and some real food for thought."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Slyly funny satire on the the Hollywood race game."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Despite the film's conspicuously minuscule budget and shaky narrative structure, it is funny. If you value enthusiasm and imagination more than glossy sophistication, you'll laugh."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Under the circumstances, Hollywood Shuffle is an artistic compromise but a logistical triumph, announcing the arrival of a new talent whose next movie should really be something."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Although haphazardly paced and scattershot in approach, when it works, this satire on Hollywood's attitudes toward African-Americans is downright hilarious."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hollywood Shuffle is very uneven, the work of an inexperienced first-time director with a lot of unfocused talent."
‑ , Film4
"The film is quite worth seeing."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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