Hollywood Shuffle

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Released 1987

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Director:
Robert Townsend
Released:
1987
Rating:
R
Hollywood Shuffle is a comedy about the struggles faced by an African-American actor as he pursues an acting career in Los Angeles. Bobby Taylor (Robert Townsend) is a middle-class man trying to make it as an actor. He pays the bills by working at a hot dog stand, Winky Dinky Dog. Frustrated by casting directors who constantly ask him to play a scene as an African-American stereotype, Bobby begins having daydreams about the kinds of roles he would like to play coupled with nightmares about the racist roles he ultimately receives. His co-workers at Winky Dinky Dog, Donald (Keenen Ivory Wayans) and Tiny (Lou B. Washington), hound Bobby into quitting acting, leading Bobby to quit his job in anger. Things seem to take a turn for the better, however, when Bobby is actually cast in a film. When the film begins to shoot, though, Bobby is constantly asked by the director of the film to act more stereotypically African-American again, leading to an embarrassing day of shooting witnessed by Bobby's little brother, Stevie (Craigus R. Johnson). Will Bobby play along with this type of acting career that he can not tolerate or pursue another career?moreless
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    Cult, African-American Comedy, Satire, Parody & Spoof