Ride | Chicago Reader


A snooty director (Downtown Julie Brown) decides to cut costs by chartering a dilapidated bus to take a charismatic, comically annoying cast of a music video from New York City to Miami. She also decides to fire her assistant, Leta (Melissa DeSousa), who saves her job by waiving her salary. Poppa (Malik Yoba), the nominal bodyguard of the sleazy producer (Luther Campbell), pursues funding for a community program he wants to organize, Leta pursues him, and two infuriated robbers (the Lady of Rage and Dartanyan Edmonds) pursue the bus because someone on board has made off with the loot from a crime they've botched. Several subplots containing moral lessons allow male characters to get away with a fair amount of opportunistic behavior, while females are likely to be punished for their naivete or hypocrisy. And much of this sometimes clumsy road comedy is played out in long, conventionally visualized scenes that are restricted to stagelike locations. But there's some humor and sincerity in the gently self-referential story, which was written and directed by music-video director Millicent Shelton.

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