The Bahama Hustle Release Date: 2004 Genre: Comedy Director: Dwayne DC Coles (Secret Indictment) Starring: Doctor Dre, Ed Lover Let me start off with a plea to Maverick Entertainment, a company that I love dearly. While I usually don’t watch my Maverick Entertainment films on DVD, I did with The Bahama Hustle. Maverick committed the […]

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The Bahama Hustle
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Comedy
Director: Dwayne DC Coles (Secret Indictment)
Starring: Doctor Dre, Ed Lover

Let me start off with a plea to Maverick Entertainment, a company that I love dearly. While I usually don’t watch my Maverick Entertainment films on DVD, I did with The Bahama Hustle. Maverick committed the biggest sin a company can do with this film, and possibly other new ones, by placing unskippable previews at the beginning of the disk. Don’t do that!

Terrible DVD withstanding, The Bahama Hustle is one of the better films produced by Maverick Entertainment’s Breakaway Films. Just ignore that cover featuring Doctor Dre and Ed Lover, as they are in this movie for all of three minutes. This is a vehicle for talented actors Bechair Sylvan and Sheaun McKinney, who portray Ace and Cool Breeze, respectively. A pair of up and coming rappers with one of them having a baby on the way, they turn down a $100,000 contract in order to sign with a company who they believe has their best interests in mind. Fronted by a white woman and a man who always has a conspicuously unlit cigar in his mouth, the company promises to make stars out of them if they come up with twenty-five grand upfront. Fifteen grand comes from their savings account, and the other ten is obtained in a less than typical matter.

That is, as expected, through a loan shark. Given five days to repay the loan or have a limb chopped off, or one belonging to a loved one (while they watch of course), they are dismayed when they arrive to the rap producers’ offices the next day to discover it empty. They’ve retreated to the Bahamas, so now it’s up to Ace and Cool Breeze to get their money back, or risk losing a body part.

Unlike most of the urban comedies released by Maverick, this one actually succeeds in being both funny and compelling. Sure, some of it doesn’t work, like the voodoo spell or the stuttering FBI men (again?), but the majority of the writing is actually good. Since this is produced by Breakaway Films with a semi-suitable budget, the acting isn’t as bad as one would expect either. Sylvan and McKinney excel well in their first roles, as does a female at a traveling agency that needs to see more film roles.
Exceptional for a film of its kind, albeit with a plot that doesn’t try anything new.

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