If this movie had only give us those three dream sequences, it still would have been enough to make this one of the great comedies of the 1980s. Thankfully, there's a LOT more where that came from.
I really enjoyed this! Tracee Ellis Ross is near-perfection (not a surprise given... well... you know, but she's really so good it's ridiculous), Dakota Johnson proves yet again that she's a sneakily smart and funny performer, and the music and costumes are pretty great. So what if the film itself is a bit bland? Everything it NEEDED to get right to be an enjoyable time at the movies, it absolutely does..
KELVIN HARRISON, JR. HOW DARE YOU, SIR?
Teetering on the edge between three-and-a-half and four stars, but I'm going with the higher rating because frankly I've seen COUNTLESS biopics of white men that are just as generic and competently-made as this that have gotten MUCH better reviews.
No, it's not perfect. No, it's not particularly complex. Yes, it has some bad editing, weird music cues, and at least one truly terrible performance. But it works in spite of those things, due to Kasi Lemmons's forceful direction, John…