By Ty Burr
Updated August 20, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

If Boyz N the Hood was too downbeat for you, but Peter’s Friends was too…well, white, Darryl Roberts’ How U Like Me Now strikes a middle ground. Centering on a middle-class African-American couple, this low-budget ($500,000 came from the owner of a pawn shop where Roberts was hocking his word processor) slice of life tackles racial and gender issues with insight, fair-mindedness and something lacking in similar films — a sense of humor. B+