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Shoot the Messenger

This cheeky BBC TV movie owes much to the high wattage of its theater-trained star, David Oyelowo, playing a black teacher in a London public school whose run-ins with an inner-city student cost him his job and drive him into a mad paranoia about other blacks. Through his eyes we get exaggerated views of one cultural stereotype after another, until the day he meets an attractive employment counselor. British-Nigerian director Ngozi Onwurah, who often has Oyelowo address the camera, realizes Sharon Foster's screenplay with brio and heaps of style, balancing social criticism and outrageous humor to create a compassionate, humanist fable. 90 min.

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