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DELIVER US FROM EVA

An exceptionally cool dude is called upon to woo a woman who is making life hell for her brothers-in-law.

CAST: Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J, Duane Martin, Essence Atkins, Robinne Lee, Meagan Good, Mel Jackson, Dartanyan Edmonds

DIRECTOR: Gary Hardwick

"…an amiable African-American variation of ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ translated into the concise, salty banter of a modern sitcom. Graced with easygoing ensemble performances, it affectionately spoofs sexual combat among young, middle-class African-Americans in Southern California, where the mating game seems to be the only thing that matters…The movie, whose subsidiary characters remain vague, is carried by the sharp comic performance of Ms. Union, a quick-witted actress who succeeds in imbuing Eva's priggishness and arrogance with a certain nobility…A heavy physical presence with more bulging muscles than Popeye, LL Cool J spills across the screen like a gentle giant whose frame is almost too large for the camera to take in." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"The team of scriptwriters behind ‘Deliver Us From Eva’ obviously expended all their creative energy on the catchy title and then promptly ran out of steam with their noisy, sitcom-ish take on ‘The Taming of the Shrew’… a smattering of funny lines, but those few moments are swamped by shrill acting, oh-so-predictable plotting and lowest-common-denominator humor…Subtlety is a foreign concept to everyone involved in this slapstick production." --Megan Lehmann, The New York Post

"What gives ‘Deliver Us from Eva’ its zing is the unique chemistry between its leads. The gorgeous Gabrielle Union has a tongue that's razor-sharp (with dialogue to match) and the timing to pull it off. Meanwhile, LL Cool J practices comedic judo, using her energy and anger against her while wearing a beatific grin…‘Deliver Us from Eva’ may not make you howl with laughter, but it should make you smile with satisfaction." --Marshall Fine, The Journal News

"‘Deliver Us From Eva’ is a comfortably bourgeois effort, both in its aesthetics and its sense of humor, unlike the ghetto-centric fare that consitutes so much modern black cinema...Union wins you over to the movie while making you wish she had a script smart enough to really serve her talents. Meanwhile, LL Cool J solidifies his leading-man status (his trademark licking-of-the-lips and deeply sculpted physique had women at the press screening catcalling for him) and proves he can act." --Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly

"It proceeds so deliberately from one plot point to the next that we want to stand next to the camera, holding up cards upon which we have lettered clues and suggestions." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"It's hardly a stretch to guess how everything turns out, but director Gary Hardwick and his co-writers make the getting there not only fun, but thoughtful…Smith [LL Cool J] and Union play off each other smartly--and steamily--and blend into an effective ensemble cast. ‘Deliver Us From Eva’ flows smoothly, looks great and probably cost lots less than it looks. One can't help resist saying it delivers the goods." --Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times