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Strictly Business

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Watching the camera caress Halle Berry’s face and form is reason enough to check out Strictly Business, but there are others. Chief among them is that finally a romantic comedy featuring African-Americans in everyday situations works on almost all levels. Although the story of a buttoned-down corporate executive (Joseph C. Phillips) befriending a hip young mailroom clerk (Tommy Davidson) in order to woo and win the clerk’s gorgeous female friend (Berry, the crackhead in Jungle Fever) has been told before, there’s enough snappy dialogue, plot momentum, and romantic pull here to merit a look-see. The humor that seemed so-so in a movie theater comes across sharper on the small screen. And then there’s the Berry smile… B-

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