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Cover (2007)

Cast: Louis Gossett, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Aunjanue Ellis, more...
Director: Bill Duke
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Features, Urban Drama
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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A woman accused could be either a killer or a victim in this psychological drama from director Bill Duke. Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis) is a God-fearing housewife and artist who one day finds herself in a situation she never imaged possible -- being questioned on murder charges by no-nonsense police detective Hicks (Lou Gossett Jr.) and Simmons (Clifton Davis), a district attorney eager to close this case. As Valerie repeatedly insists she's not a murderer, she tells the story of the last several months of her life. Valerie's husband, Dutch (Razaaq Adoti), is a psychiatrist with a practice in Atlanta who was offered a high-paying job by his old friend Monica (Paula Jai Parker), who works at a hospital in Philadelphia. Dutch takes the job and Valerie dutifully follows, and as she seeks solace in the women's support group at local church, Dutch spends more and more time with drug-abusing Monica, her wealthy but disinterested husband, Kevin (Roger Guenveur Smith), and obsessively womanizing musician Ryan Chambers (Leon). As Valerie's marriage begins to fall apart, she suspects her husband is being unfaithful, but she's shocked to discover the truth is more complicated than she imagined. Cover also stars Vivica A. Fox, Patti LaBelle, and Mya Harrison. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

This was a true eye opener by JEFRYE61 March 14, 2010 - 8:33 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Well done attempt at discussing a topic which is not addressed enough in the Black community especially in the Church. I highly recommend this one. No profanity, that I can even recall. The PG-13 rating is accurate. We need more movies that hit home like this.

Black Camp by talltale May 16, 2008 - 7:13 AM PDT
High camp leaves its indelible mark on the Black film canon via COVER, an unintentional hoot directed by Bill Duke and written by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (from an earlier screenplay by Aliya Jackson). Things seem a bit 'off' from the first: timing askew, dialog a little weird, performances (and everything else) a bit heavy-handed. Well, you ain't seen nuttin' yet! Spoiler ahead. Really: If you intend to watch this movie, at least skip the remainder of this review so that you will experience the joy of discovering the film's big "secret" in your own good time, rather than at the snail pace of the rather slow protagonist played in scenery-chewing style by Aunjanue Ellis (her writhing/crying/screaming after discovering hubby in flagrante delectable offers a near-perfect definition of the camp style, though this is due as much to Duke et al as to poor Ms Ellis). The subject of the down-low life style in the Black community certainly deserves some decent play time, but this movie doesn't offer it. Conflating religion, fidelity and homosexuality into a heavily melodramatic story, in which--finally--it seems that just about every third black man is a closet gay (I sincerely doubt that this is what the filmmakers intended, but would that we had this much clout!), the movie tries to have it all ways and ends up with egg on its face.

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