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The Seat Filler
DVD disk
03.07.2006 By: Matt Hosack
The Seat Filler order
Director:
Nick Castle

Actors:
Kelly Rowland
Duane Martin
Cass Asher

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
From the director of THE LAST STARFIGHTER comes the age old tale of the prince and the pauper scenario. In this “version” we follow a poor law student (Duane Martin) who works part time as a seat filler for awards shows in Hollywood. By chance, a pop superstar (Kelly Rowland a stretch I know) sits next to him and love is in the air. The thing of it is, this poor cat pretends to be something he’s not and you know the rest.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was totally not digging having to review this movie. It just looked terrible. Four days went by and then I braved to pop it in the player. I actually found it to be not a bad independent film. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to recommend it, but it had some down-to-earth qualities that a lot of other productions don’t. For instance, there is a phone conversation that is both hilarious and realistic. I also started to dig Martin and Rowland who brought some real human performances that you won’t find on BET.

This is a light comedy tailored for a specific audience and I think it delivers. It’s no Spike Lee joint but a more breezy urban tale that could only happen in a movie. THE SEAT FILLER is much better than say THE HONEYMOONERS but not quite good enough to recommend. It is however, a step in the right direction for this kind of filmmaking.
THE EXTRAS
All-Access Featurette: I’m trying to figure out what this is as it shows some random footage with arrows pointing at various things and labeling them then it ends.

Deleted Scenes: This small collection of deleted scenes is rather minute. None of them are worth checking out.

Extended Performance of “Follow Your Destiny” by Kelly Rowland: I’ll say this much, I don’t really dig Destiny’s Child but Kelly does have a sweet voice.

Also on this disc is a Profile of Kelly Rowland, a cosmetic Commercial, and some trailers for other films.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Most of the time you can judge a book by its cover but sometimes you can’t fully judge. That’s why we are the Judge, the Jury, and the Executioner! No, really THE SEAT FILLER isn’t all that bad and does feature some human performances and a phone conversation Kevin Smith would be proud of. I can’t give it a STRONG recommendation but more of an under-the-table option for my brothers out there.

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