BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP
I had the opportunity to attend the private screening for Love Jacked in Beverly Hills, CA on October 24. I have to be honest and say that when the film first started I thought this was going to be a typical romantic comedy with the same storyline just with a different cast, but I must say that I am glad that film was far from typical. The twist took me and everyone in the theatre by surprise and I’m sure that it will surprise you as well.
ABOUT LOVE JACKED:
Love Jacked is a sophisticated small-town romantic comedy centered on Maya, a headstrong 28-year-old with artistic ambitions, and her father Ed, who wants a dutiful daughter to run the family store. Ed is shocked when Maya, asserting her independence, decides to travel to Africa for inspiration and returns with a fiancé who is not quite what he seems.
Love Jacked stars Amber Stevens West as Maya, an artist trying to break free from her loving yet demanding father to explore her creative dreams. I first fell in love with Amber’s acting on The Carmichael Show, her subtle comedic timing had me laughing out loud every time.
“This movie has been a long time in the making and it was so much fun when I first read it, I just knew I wanted to be a part of it and saw so much of myself in the character.” -Amber Stevens West
Shamier Anderson plays Malcolm, a handsome pool hustler who will play Maya’s love interest in the film. The hilarity that Shamier brings to Malcolm is something that you have to see to understand. He nails the African accent without being offensive and puts you in the mind of Eddie Murphy in Coming to America. This is also his first comedic role and after you see it you will not believe that at all.
The film also gives Marla Gibbs and her real-life daughter Angela Gibbs the opportunity to work together as mother and daughter for the first time.
Rounding out the cast is Keith David, Maya’s overbearing father, Lyric Bent, Malcolm’s pool-hustling friend and all around bad boy, Demetrius Grosse, Maya’s African love interest, Nicole Lyn, Maya’s sassy-attention seeking cousin and Mike Epps, who serves as executive producer and plays Maya’s uncle.
This is a film that I believe we will be watching repeatedly over the years, it’s that funny and memorable.
Written by Robert Adetuyi and directed by Alfons Adetuyi. In select theatres on October 26. Check lovedjackedthefilm.com for cities and showtimes.