Deliver Us from Eva Why can't Hollywood deliver us from predominantly black films full of beauty-salon scenes with women talking out of their necks, making facial contortions, and overusing…
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Deliver Us From Eva (2003)

MPAA Rating: R

Details Release Date: Jun 17, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union; Distributor: Focus Features

Why can't Hollywood deliver us from predominantly black films full of beauty-salon scenes with women talking out of their necks, making facial contortions, and overusing the word baby? Director Gary Hardwick's stereotypical reworking of Taming of the Shrew follows Eva (an enchanting Union) as she sabotages her sisters' relationships because of her issues with men. Enter Ray (LL Cool J), a playboy hired to do the, um, taming. A similar update, 1999's 10 Things I Hate About You looks like Shakespeare compared with Hardwick's embarrassing film, and doesn't insult its core audience in the same way.

Originally posted May 23, 2003 Published in issue #714 Jun 13, 2003 Order article reprints
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