Built wholly from familiar ingredients, assembled with skillfully and charming performances from Jameel Saleem and Kimelia Weathers, Exit Strategy gives formula a good name with ample laughs and sharp performances.
This anecdote centers around James [Saleem] who gets evicted from his apartment and moves in with his girlfriend of three months Kim [Weathers] and quickly discovers she’s everything he never wanted in a woman… Sounds familiar with a twist? There’s no denying this film’s warm humor and big heart as this generational comedy suffers issues of movement and character development although offering filmgoers a fine, low-calorie screwball feast containing ugly anachronisms courtesy of high-schooler “Scoop” that prove to enhance it’s charm at low moments.
Customary cynicism is leavened here by “tender” humor, “dry” romance, and genuine pathos with perfectly light, romantic comedy kept afloat by Michael Whitton’s unobtrusive direction and sharp performances from Q Deezy [Carville] and cameo via “it” comedian Kevin Hart.
Rarely does an unrealistically funny comedy connect with audiences but the exploration of gender roles and the limits of relationship with a mixture of sensitivity, raw honesty and wit between the two main characters actually work abetted by the sharp interplay between Big Boy and supporting cast.
While the editing isn’t parallel with timing of the comedy which affects it’s pace, Exit Strategy is a hilarious, poignant and refreshing look at the rigors of tolerance bearing, with savvy script writing that is ably acted and directed.
I enjoyed and I believe you will also. 2 thumbs UP!