Review: ‘Cbs Schoolbreak Special What About Your Friends’

CBS' "Schoolbreak Specials" seem to enshrine a sweetness-and-light world long forgotten (except, perhaps, by buffs of old Andy Hardy movies). "What About Your Friends," the third hourlong original drama aired this season, is also the first to sport an entirely African-American cast and crew. Director/writer Gina Prince's story line, sweet and endearing in itself to be sure, and nicely paced, has no particular ethnic relevance. Bright high school girls fuss about college applications and prom gowns anywhere and everywhere.

CBS’ “Schoolbreak Specials” seem to enshrine a sweetness-and-light world long forgotten (except, perhaps, by buffs of old Andy Hardy movies). “What About Your Friends,” the third hourlong original drama aired this season, is also the first to sport an entirely African-American cast and crew. Director/writer Gina Prince’s story line, sweet and endearing in itself to be sure, and nicely paced, has no particular ethnic relevance. Bright high school girls fuss about college applications and prom gowns anywhere and everywhere.

Best friends Temple (Monica Calhoun), Alex (Malinda Williams) and Breena (Lark Voorhies) had vowed since the eighth grade that they would all enroll at Spelman College after graduation. Yet when the time comes, sad Alex’s parents can’t afford the tuition, and bright Breena pulls down a full scholarship at UCLA, where boyfriend Reggie (Tyrin Turner) is also heading. Terrified Temple faces a solitary future at Spelman, abandoned and unfriended.

The closed circle, firm and impenetrable throughout the high school years, is now falling apart and all three girls are convinced that they will never replace it with new friends. How they learn to face up to this life-threatening chasm is the crux of the story; a bright California sunset over the final lines hints that everything is going to come out just dandy. You weren’t worried, were you?

Cbs Schoolbreak Special What About Your Friends

(Tues. (24), 3-4 p.m., CBS)

Production

Filmed in Los Angeles by Connection III Entertainment Corp. Executive producer, Cleveland O'Neal; director/writer, Gina Prince.

Crew

Camera, John Demps Jr.; music, Tony Robinson; sound, Oliver Moss, Ken Teaney; editor, Vanick Moradian.

Cast

Cast: Monica Calhoun, Lark Voorhies, Malinda Williams, Tyrin Turner, Lamont Bentley, Jonas Chaka, Dick Anthony Williams, Albert Hall, Janet Hubert, Brent Jennings, Juanita Jennings, Vernee Watson Johnson, Camille Winbush, Michael Roddy.
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  1. Gwendolyn Pond says:

    Where can I find the DVD I have searched for so long trying to find this

  2. Erica says:

    I loved this movie. Why can’t I find it on DVD?

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