Hollywood Shuffle
Hollywood Shuffle (1982)

This satirical look at the ambivalent relationship between Hollywood power brokers and African-American performers marked the writing, producing, and directing debut of Robert Townsend. The filmmaker also stars as Bobby Taylor, a struggling… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Brimming with imagination and energy, Hollywood Shuffle is the kind of shoestring effort more appealing in theory than execution.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Townsend has taken aim at the industry's funny bone and struck a solid blow.

Josh Larsen

...presaged a revolution that never came.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Improv talent Robert Townsend is pretty much the whole show.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Townsend's low-budget indie is quite a poignant satire of the Hollywood industry and black stereotyping

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Empire Magazine

Always enjoyable and Townsend is great.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
The best comedy about racial stereotyping I've ever seen! If the subject of Black actors in Hollywood interests you, I highly recommend this movie. If… More
Anthony Valletta
Parts of this film are soda through your nose funny.