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Reginald "Cool" Coolidge (Dorian Missick) is a struggling actor, fed up with taking stereotypical African American roles while waiting for his big break in a legitimate production. Until this time comes, he works at his mother's boyfriend's gas station to repay him for covering his college tuition. One day at the station, his ex-fiancée - and one true love - (Zoe Saldana) reappears at the pumps after 3 years of silence. Cool discovers that it is 36 hours until her wedding to a local lawyer (Hill Harper). As Cool embarks on last-ditch attempt to win her back, he takes on the biggest "role" of his life while also learning the secret to mastering his craft.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 7
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Standout thesping by stars Dorian Missick and Zoe Saldana, along with fully fleshed-out secondary roles, distinguish Pete Chatmon's gentle comedy.
Fresh: Chatmon reworks many elements of Robert Townsend's erratic 1987 film Hollywood Shuffle into a fluent story that favors character over satire.
Fresh: In gasoline terms, Premium isn't. But the romantic dramedy has some high-octane emotional moments, thanks to writer-director Pete Chatmon's wise dissection of the games one-time lovers play.
Fresh: Premium's believable moments slightly prevail over its inauthentic ones, helping writer-director Pete Chatmon's modestly played drama just barely cross over the brink of compelling naturalism.
as real as it gets
maybe i only liked this film because it reminded me of my own experiences but I loved this film. First, let me say that the acting is superb, so much so that there were times i actually had to put the pillow in front of my face to simply get away from the situation occuring in the movie. O and another plus, it has a pretty great soundtrack.
Ive watched this movie a few times and everytime I watch, I like it more because I find myself relating to different situations. Its hard for romantic dramas to successfully come across as real but this movie really does an outstanding job.
Better than I expected
However, I wasn't particularly fond of the ending. After all that went down a "pretend what happened after this part" ending was dissapointing.