Premium (2007)

Reginald "Cool" Coolidge is a struggling actor, fed up with taking stereotypical African-American roles and waiting for his big break in a legitimate production. While working his day job, his ex-fiancée--and one true… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In gasoline terms, Premium isn't. But the romantic dramedy has some high-octane emotional moments, thanks to writer-director Pete Chatmon's wise dissection of the games one-time lovers play.

Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Has a problem with its slack and meandering narrative...but it's still well worth a look for its generous wit, casual insightfulness, and love of humanity.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Premium's believable moments slightly prevail over its inauthentic ones, helping writer-director Pete Chatmon's modestly played drama just barely cross over the brink of compelling naturalism.

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Ronnie Scheib

Standout thesping by stars Dorian Missick and Zoe Saldana, along with fully fleshed-out secondary roles, distinguish Pete Chatmon's gentle comedy.

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Kam Williams

A high-stakes romantic comedy which pits a bourgie brother against another from the 'hood who knows how to keep it real.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Chatmon reworks many elements of Robert Townsend's erratic 1987 film Hollywood Shuffle into a fluent story that favors character over satire.

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Wilson Morales

Chatmon's ability to inject humor while addressing some serious issues with the film business and romantic relationships add to his talent and makes "Premium" worth seeing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
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Interesting independent film, good performances.