Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

PERSONALS

 

Year: 1998
Country: USA
Run Time: 92 minutes

"30 Women in 30 Days" - that's the eye-catching title of a make-or-break article being pounded out by harried New York reporter Keith, who's been in a literary funk for the last two years. If this piece, about what type of lady advertises for men in the lonely-hearts ads, strikes out at the Village Voice, Keith's going to be scanning the classifieds himself - for a new job. Disguising himself as 'Julian,' musician and sci-fi fan, Keith plunges into a diva-thon of female specimens looking for a love connection. There's brash, lo-class Loquita; luscious Lorraine, who disrespects all the brothers; strident sistah Leatha, who hates all whites (and blacks who mix with them); the unspeakable Spider; volcanic Veronica; trekkie Melanie; 'Poet Woman,' ... and Leah, a mystery voice on the phone. As the article progresses, so does Keith, discovering some basic truths about the opposite sex and his own bad self. Make a romantic rendezvous with PERSONALS, a saucy comedy with a sterling cast. The CIFF's best date flick, in more ways than one.

Screenplay
Mike Sargent

Director
Mike Sargent

Producer
J. Boyce Harman, Jr.

Cinematography
Giselle Chamma

Editing
Jack Haigis

Principal Cast
Malik Yoba, Damian D. Lewis, Stacey Dash, Delilah Cotto, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Rosalyn Coleman, Joie SUsannah Lee, Michelle Hurd, Ed Gilpin, Rhonda Ross-Kendrick, Drena DeNiro

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