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Disappearing Acts
Disappearing Acts
Actors: Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Michael Imperioli, Laz Alonso, Clark Johnson
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
R     2001     1hr 55min

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  more »


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Actors: Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Michael Imperioli, Laz Alonso, Clark Johnson
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Creators: Amy Herman, Juanita F. Diana, Kimiko Fox, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Terry McMillan, Lisa Jones
Genres: Drama, Television, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, All Made-for-TV Movies, African American Cinema
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/19/2001
Original Release Date: 12/09/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 12/09/2000
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 55min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 9/5/2009...
the movie is great i really like the story line and the reality of the relationships in hte movie
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Outstanding Movie!
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."
Disappointing Acts
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."
Disappearing Acts
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."