Jake (Ernie Hudson), a black hustler who roams the streets of Manhattan playing bongo drums and dispensing pearls of wisdom, is the central character of this 2000 feature by Matthew Miele, an overwrought paean to the dignity of the homeless. One day the sage of the sidewalks meets up with a former professor down on his luck (English actor Graeme Malcolm) and takes him under his wing. The camaraderie that develops between this odd couple feels genuine, but an unconvincing plot twist mires the story in sentimentality. Brandishing eccentricity like a birthright, Hudson hogs every scene he's in. Cameos by Robin Givens, Debbie Allen, and Lou Rawls. 96 min.