Social commentary kind of comedy.
This film doesn't really work, but it's an interesting idea, the black
man mistook for a criminal. The script is dark, and this was made
around the time of the Rodney King debacle, so maybe the country
wasn't ready for it. I watched it for Nickolas Cage, I'm a big "Fast
Times at Ridgemont High" fan, and he was pretty good. I liked the
way he used to look back then, he was less "perfect". Samuel
Jackson is really good in this film, he too played a real character.
Bob Balaban (remember him from "Midnight Cowboy"?) is also
really good. The ending doesn't work, but this is worth a look..
Although the main focus here is undoubtedly on comedy, what makes it all
more successful is the underlying (highly unflattering) portrait of
America, often flirting with caricature yet not altogether devoid of
subtlety; it avoids in particular the Black/White manicheanism often
even in more "serious" cinematic depictions of racism. Jackson and Cage
as usual wonderful actors, and the supporting cast does a pretty good job
too at impersonating a variety of morons and other petty