A construction worker meets an aspiring singer;songwriter. He dreams of his own business; she dreams of fame. As they face the challenges of their chosen paths, they discover together that it's easy to build an affair...an... more »d hard to make it last.DVD Features:
BS G. from MORENO VALLEY, CA Reviewed on 9/5/2009...
the movie is great i really like the story line and the reality of the relationships in hte movie
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naynayca | East Palo Alto, CA United States | 08/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this to be one of HBO's finest. The title alone captures the intimacy of this movie. Sanaa blew me away first of all with her singing voice, it was her wasn't it? Wesley played a good role as always. Both of their attitudes seemed so real, like I was watching two people live their completely opposite lives, right next door to me. I never would have thought this movie would be this good. I applaud the movie producers, actors and HBO for promoting this. It is well worth the money and time. It is something every couple, whether your Afican American or not, should take the opportunity to watch. You can learn a lot from watching positive movies like this."
The Groove | Boston, MA | 12/21/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Disappearing Acts" is Terry McMillan's best novel--even better than "Waiting to Exhale," so it's surprising that nobody bothered to give it a film adaptation until now. Nevertheless, this HBO-only special is a huge disappointment to those who have already read the book, and those who haven't read it will wonder what the big fuss was about in the first place. Sanaa Lathan gives a reasonably solid performance as a school teacher struggling with a recording career in New York City. She crosses paths with ruffneck Franklin Swift, who's still married to his estranged wife and is the father of two kids; this dude has more baggage than LAX airport. Their relationship blossoms and faces its share of many hurdles, but the movie never lives up to the promise of the book. For one, Wesley Snipes, though a very good actor in his own right, is miscast as Franklin Swift. His performance lacks the ruggedness and street-sensibility that his role requires. Treach or even Malik Yoba would make a better Franklin. Plus, the movie dodges many issues that Terry McMillan's book addresses such as domestic violence and homophobia. In the book, Franklin Swift was a vicious homophobe, who never ran out of nasty things to say about gays. The movie had every opportunity to explore Franklin's sexual insecurities, but it ultimately cops out. At this point, it takes no psychic to figure out where this review is leading: "Disappearing Acts" isn't a total disaster, but it's a very bland, safe picture that does the book no justice."
Anita Queen | Riverside, CA | 07/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you've ever been in love with someone who was perhaps a bit out of your league and you foundd yourself constantly trying to compensate for that, then you know the rest. Wesley Snipes gives a powerful performance as a man who is a bit over his head and in love with Zora (Sanaa Lathan). Things heat up when the stakes get higher. Zora is pregnant, Franklin's out of work and their class differences become even more apparent when Zora just wants a night out on the town and Franklin just can't seem to get his act together. When the going gets tough, Franklin does a disappearing act of his own and Zora's on her own....this sounds like a familiar scenerio. The story is familiar but the ending is better. It looks like the family will make it after all. That's one for single mothers.If you're looking for a good black lover story, then "Disappearing Acts" is one that will leave you with a warm feeling inside and a positive feeling about love relationships."
Can someone get me a cold towel.........please!
B. Carr | London United Kingdom | 09/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Coming from England, I didn't even know that this film was made. I completely stumbled upon the DVD whilst shopping online. Yes, I have read the book and I was concerned that the film would not do it justice. How wrong I was. The film was KICKING !! It has to be said that I don't rate Wesley personally or professionally but working alongside Sanaa, the two of them just set the film on fire. The acting cannot be faulted. They seemed to make the ideal couple and some scenes are dangerously erotic, particularly the part where Zora goes to the refrigerator to get Franklin a drink...........................
I'm just wondering why it did not come out in the cinema. Is there a soundtrack available? The tunes were wicked"
Realistic love story
A. Drummond | 06/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was getting tired of watching this movie probably because I didn't really like the charactor Franklin he was just getting on my nerves he just felt like bagage to the girl friend (I forget the charactors name) I got mad when Franklin wasn't doing his part in the relationship, even if he couldn't get a job, he could have at least helped out with the baby more so the mother of the child didn't have to lose out on her dream of becoming a singer. Perhaps if she didn't meet him she might have made it. In all fairness to Franklin there were times when the girlfriend provoked Franklin insecurities. For example when he had brought tickets for a concert for them for her birthday and she traded them in for better seats. Thats a no no you don't take a gift back in front of the person who brought you the gift, that would hurt anybody and make them feel unappreciated.
All in all I thought it was a somewhat realistic story about a relationship between a man and a woman and trying to keep it togetherarguments and breakup an all. The ending kind of leaves you hanging but you can assume they try to get back together."