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Kings of the Evening

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Depression drama has good intentions but doesn't deliver.

Movie PG 2010 90 minutes
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KINGS OF THE EVENING has no real plot to stand on and no reason to pull an audience in. It misses the chance to be a masterful snapshot of the hard-luck life of African Americans during the Great Depression. Yes, there's the basic framework of a story -- a young man leaves jail only to find a world hobbled by economic despair that, in turn, shackles most everyone but the monied few -- but little exploration happens. Wooden acting from Beckford and overacting from some of the supporting characters (Whitfield excepted) only reinforce the weakness of the story arc. (Not that they can be blamed for being written one dimensionally ... )

Strangely, the film doesn't feel like a period piece, either, despite the requisite costumes, sets, and props. There's a certain sense of authenticity that Kings of the Evening simply doesn't have. The movie is clearly trying hard, but it just never comes together.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 11, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: October 12, 2010
  • Cast: Glynn Turman , Lynn Whitfield , Tyson Beckford
  • Director: Andrew P. Jones
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Indican Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: thematic elements, language throughout, some violence and smoking
  • Last updated: June 8, 2023

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