Singer Monica (Boys and Girls) plays Camille Livingston, a young woman taking pre-med classes to get some respect from her father, Alfred (James), whom is also a doctor. In the midst of this, there is also pressure, from her father, to marry Calvin (Francks), who is also in pre-med. You see Alfred is a highly sophisticated individual who feel that people should be together in their own social (and racial) classes even though, as her mother (Calloway) explained, his parents did not want them together because of her skin. She compared is to a paper bag: her skin was lighter than the paper bag and therefore she was not acceptable.
One night while out on the town celebrating her birthday with her friends, she meets a guitarist, Billy Ryan (Kane), whom she had met prior at a gas station. He comes onto her and asks her to come to his next gig. She says no and goes on her way. A couple nights later she takes up the offer and goes to see him play where they mutually agree to be friends and together they go to her house and listen to jazz music and actually have fun together, which is something unlike her relationship with Calvin. After that night Camille is torn between Billy and Calvin, but she decides to not let it go any further than friendship. She joins Billy's group as the lead vocalist (what a surprise).
Calvin returns to town and everything goes back to normal. She thinks she is in love but still is not sure if it is with Calvin or Billy. Despite some heart-to-heart with Billy over the situation with her father and his wishes, she accepts when Calvin proposes to her. This causes a riff with Billy and their friendship is broken off.
The film is surprisingly well written considering it is from first-time writer Luckett. The writing was well crafted, the characters are likable and have that third dimension that is sometimes missing from TV movies. The film was directed by Julie Dash who has mainly directed TV movies and a few regular, and no name, movies. The camera work is OK with everything considered.
The acting by Monica is good, nothing incredible or groundbreaking, but good. Her previous role was in Boys and Girls as a date for Jason Biggs during the triple date scene. The supporting cast is nothing memorable, however. They give it their best, with most note going to Kane, but they give little support.
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