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Overall Rating
2.2

Awesome: 28%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 8%
Total Crap64%

2 reviews, 13 user ratings


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In the Mix
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by Peter Sobczynski

"More embarrassing stuff for Usher to confess."
1 stars

Sometimes when I get stuck for something to say about an especially dull movie, I will describe it as being like the kind of movie that you see playing on the television in another, better film–it looks and sounds like a movie but it isn’t interesting enough in its own right to distract from the story at hand. “In the Mix,” on the other hand, is a film so profoundly boring and useless that it is the kind of movie that the characters in another, better film click off on in order to get to the other movie. This is a film so utterly lifeless and devoid of even trace elements of originality that it actually features both a gangster character named Fat Tony and a bit in which characters are scared by a noise that turns out to be a stray cat that leaps into the shot for no apparent reason.

Pop star Usher stars as ultra-suave ladies man Darrell, a hip deejay with dreams of one day running his own musical empire. Like not very many African-American deejays in New Jersey, Darrell also seems to have developed a lifelong friendship with amiable local mob kingpin Frank (Chazz Palminteri, an actor who has appeared opposite the likes of Cher, David Caruso and a can of Vanilla Coke without looking as embarrassed as he does here) and agrees to spin records at the homecoming party for Frank’s daughter, law student Dolly (Emmanuelle Chriqui). During the party, goons shoot up the place and Darrell takes a bullet meant for Frank. (It must be said that it is perhaps the tiniest bullet in the history of munitions, unless it was some kind of time-release bullet–you could enact more damage with a rubber band and a paper clip than Darrell suffers here.) Fearing for Dolly’s safety, Frank refuses to let her leave the house unless she agrees to have a bodyguard with her. For reasons that defy even the tenuous logic of this film, she chooses Darrell, her childhood friend, to serve as her personal human shield.<

For the next few reels, the film turns into a cut-rate version of “The Bodyguard”–a notion that is just as terrifying as it sounds. At first, Dolly is annoyed by having Darrell tag along with her everywhere she goes (mostly because all the ladies seem to swoon in his presence) but begins to melt when confronted by his hunky looks and his profound statements on life–I suspect it is more the former because the examples we see of the latter sound like the things you read in advice columns printed in magazines that you don’t read for the advice columns. After taking her on a cheerful tour of the life of someone who keeps it real (complete with a handy backyard barbecue and a poker game that comes equipped with a farting dog for comic relief), Darrell and Dolly finally succumb to . . . okay, “passion” is not quite the word I would prefer to use, but it will have to do. Needless to say, this does not exactly thrill Dad but he has enough troubles of his own–he is being set up for a fall by someone looking to take over–and only Darrell can save the day. My theory–if you are running the Mob in New Jersey and you need to be saved by the likes of Usher, it is perhaps time to take stock and ask if you really are cut out to lead the Jersey mob after all.<

Of course, one doesn’t go to the likes of “In the Mix” for the plotting (and judging from the sparsely-attended screening I took in–Lion’s Gate didn’t dare screen this in advance–few are going for any reason). Instead, the film is little more than a vehicle for Usher to follow in the hallowed footsteps of Vanilla Ice, Mariah Carey and Rick Springfield in order to see if his success in the music industry translates to the world of film. You will no doubt be shocked to discover that it doesn’t–he comes across as bland and relatively harmless but there is hardly a scene in the film when he isn’t the least-interesting person on the screen, kind of a drawback when the entire project has been launched into production on the basis of his alleged charisma. In his scenes with Palminteri, the veteran so thoroughly outmatches the newcomer that it becomes embarrassing for both after a while. As for the relationship with Chriqui, both are superficially pretty but set off zero sparks together–we have no doubt that they will wind up together but we also have no doubt that they will probably break up a few weeks later after too many arguments over who spends more time in front of the bathroom mirror making themselves look superficially pretty every morning.

For those keeping track of such things, “In the Mix” was directed by Ron Underwood, a filmmaker who started off promisingly enough with the likable hits “Tremors” and “City Slickers.” A few years ago, his career stalled when he got caught up in what would become one of the biggest disasters in film history, the Eddie Murphy vehicle “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.” After a dog like that, one would think that any subsequent film would have to be considered an improvement. Sadly, the only surprising thing about “Into the Mix” is that from a post-“Pluto Nash” standpoint, it comes across as a lateral move at best.

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originally posted: 11/29/05 16:06:29
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User Comments

6/17/13 PAUL SHORTT ABYSMAL REFUSE 1 stars
4/16/10 cleopatra_04.angel@yahoo.com Usher is a better actor than this movie. it was Boooring. 2 stars
1/28/07 William Goss Would be insufferable if it weren't already insignificant. Been there, done that. 2 stars
4/18/06 pershia to me it was a good movie i am 12 years old and i love usher to death i think it was a grea 5 stars
1/01/06 NONEOFYOBIZNESS! This movie was off the chain straight crazy and i loved it. 5 stars
12/23/05 Lady S Usher is so sexy and his movie was off tha chain 5 stars
12/17/05 Sean D Self indulgent fucking swill. Fuck you to hell Usher! 1 stars
12/05/05 Sharmaine I love Usher and want he want to be. 5 stars
12/02/05 seth vanhee 1 stars
12/01/05 hibbyX Wow, you people are hopeless... 1 stars
11/27/05 MIzlove I loved It! 5 stars
11/27/05 Tash Usher's acting skills clearly shine through. He did an EXCELLENT job. I love it!! 5 stars
11/27/05 Marnette I think the movie, was great! I laughed and cried all at the same time! and I am 26! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  23-Nov-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 21-Mar-2006

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Australia
  04-May-2006




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