- Young kid from the hood trying to make good? Check.
- Prerequisite positive rap song that feels like it was pulled from Ghostwriter? Check.
- Street pressures that are easily overcome? Check.
- Mandatory plot for women, involving sexing up your image to get signed to the majors? Check.
But hey, I had just gone through three really depressing movies about the fall out of the drug war. I needed something to lift my spirits, and I will shamelessly admit that I enjoyed Brown Sugar. On the real, Filly Brown could have been a Lifetime produced version of the Somaya Reece story, and I still would have watched it!
Luckily, I was wrong.
Okay, on second thought, I wasn’t that wrong. Two and a half of the four I listed above were in the movie. But the team behind Filly Brown managed to add enough new elements to make the standard tropes feel fresh. Read the Post Sundance Pick: Filly Brown