Rated: R
Release Date: 09/14/2018
Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good, Jay Ellis, Kenya Barris and Dijon Talton.

Director: Qasim Basir. Producers: Datari Turner, Damone Hunter Smith, Alan Pao, Nikki Love and John Campbell. Executive Producers: Meagan Good, Omari Hardwick, Jashod Belcher, Jamal Chilton and Phil Thorton. Screenwriters:Qasim Basir and Samantha Tanner. Cinematographer: Steven Holleran.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

In the new romantic drama, “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream,” from director Qasim Basir (“The Inspiration of Barack”), Meagan Good (TV’s “Star”) plays a young lawyer named Free who is from the Midwest and visiting Los Angeles on business.

The movie, which Basir shot in one, long single take, is set against the backdrop of the November 2016 election.
On that night, Free (Good) is out with some friends and meets the outgoing and very handsome, Cass (Omari Hardwick, TV’s “Power”) near L.A.’s Pacific Design Center.

Free is working out some issues with her significant other back home and she’s also at a crossroads with her job. Yeah, she makes good money and all, has her own house and is well respected in her field. But, she wants more. And we learn that Free had a dream that she never really pursued, but wishes she could now.

Although Free initially tells Cass she has to fly home early the next day, Cass invites her to a swanky night club.

He makes a slightly aggressive move on her which turns Free off for a quick minute. Cass later apologizes and when Free is being harassed by two white guys outside the club and he comes to her rescue well, that changes everything.

The more they talk, they discover so much about each other. Cass is a filmmaker and a good one who had a hit film a while back. He’s reminded of his talents by a fan who notices him and congratulates him on his work. He also tells Cass that he’s the reason he's majoring in film at USC.

Cass is working on his follow up movie but has hit a few roadblocks in the process. There’s more going on between these two than just physical attraction although it’s rather palpable and deep down you’re rooting for things to work between them.

The night is looking better for them when Cass invites Free to an election night party at a palatial hilltop house.

The party starts out festive, but as the election results come in with Hillary looking like a loser and Donald Trump the new President of the United States, it turns to shock and disbelief.

As the evening wears on, Cass in his own charming way, is bringing out something in Free that she didn’t think was even possible. In turn, Free has awakened and inspired him to get going on his new film project.

Their love story doesn’t play out as cutesy or as simplistically as the title of the movie suggests. Even the election background story complements Cass and Free’s blossoming romance and is a unique and interesting angle to structure a romantic drama around.

Hardwick and Good just sizzle together on screen. They look amazing and their chemistry is so natural. Even their little banter is convincing.

“A Boy. A Girl. A Dream” is a delicate and inspiring love story that reels you in and takes you on a surprising and wonderful little journey.

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Take A Peek At This Trailer For "A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM."

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

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