County General Release Date: 31 May 2005 (USA) Genre: Comedy Director(s): Sphear Collins Writer(s): Jean-Claude La Marre (Go For Broke, Gang of Roses) Starring: Jean-Claude La Marre , Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr. Well I’ll be damned. So wait, black people can be doctors and nurses? That’s funny because the past couple years of watching urban […]

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County General
Release Date: 31 May 2005 (USA)
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Sphear Collins
Writer(s): Jean-Claude La Marre (Go For Broke, Gang of Roses)
Starring: Jean-Claude La Marre , Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr.

Well I’ll be damned.

So wait, black people can be doctors and nurses? That’s funny because the past couple years of watching urban films has taught me that drug dealing, rapping, welfare, and hosting barbeques was the only possible career for a young black man to try and acheive.

Film student Craig (La Marre), desperate for a passing grade after his low budget remake of Titanic is deemed too ambitious, uses his girlfriend’s connections to get permission to film a documentary at the local county hospital. When he arrives, it’s not breathtaking surgeries that he’s filming. Rather it’s the general incompetence of everyone around him. There are people protesting outside the hospital due to malpractice, a welcome desk that isn’t very welcoming, kitchen staff stealing fruit, and other situations that would make the hospital ripe for fodder if the tapes were released. This leads to a plot that ends the movie where certain people in the hospital want their footage back.

That right there is County General’s main problem. Throughout much of the movie it’s actually relatively funny. Okay, maybe funny isn’t the word. Humorous is more appropriate. Nothing made me outright laugh, but it was absent of the usual stereotypes and gross out humor typically present in these movies. Its biggest problem comes from the fact that without a clear-cut plot, County General serves up what winds up being a series of vignettes with one main figure to sort of hold things together.

Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister no doubt puts in the best performance here, and Jared Day, who actually portrays a half-positive white character, does pretty well too.

DVD: Barebones.

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