Anice co-starring turn from TV's Malcolm Jamal Warner can't make the low-budget "A Fare to Remember" memorable. With plot contrivances that would have seemed hokey a half-century ago, this puffball charts the gradual romantic awakening between opposites --- a high-powered white female ad exec and a scruffy black male taxi driver --- on a highly unlikely cab ride from Seattle to L.A. Innocuous second feature (after 1993's "Double Dragon") from musicvid and TV-specials director Jim Yukich has no theatrical prospects but could find a small audience on less demanding cable webs and on video.

Anice co-starring turn from TV’s Malcolm Jamal Warner can’t make the low-budget “A Fare to Remember” memorable. With plot contrivances that would have seemed hokey a half-century ago, this puffball charts the gradual romantic awakening between opposites — a high-powered white female ad exec and a scruffy black male taxi driver — on a highly unlikely cab ride from Seattle to L.A. Innocuous second feature (after 1993’s “Double Dragon”) from musicvid and TV-specials director Jim Yukich has no theatrical prospects but could find a small audience on less demanding cable webs and on video.

Half-hour setup attempts to make the viewer swallow the idea that composed pro Tamara Gault (co-exec producer Challen Cates) would take a work assignment on Christmas Eve, become stranded when all flights from the Pacific Northwest are cancelled and have no choice but to hire obnoxious Winter Valen (Warner) to chauffeur her the hundreds of miles back home in time for her wedding. Pic can’t climb out of this hole dug by scripter Robert Reece, but Warner makes the trip bearable by slowly revealing Winter’s charm and poetic sensibility. Cates’ upper-class posturing is less endearing.

A Fare to Remember

(ROMANTIC COMEDY)

Production

A Bent Tree production. Produced by Jeffrey Graup, Michael Waeghe, Melissa Clark. Executive producers, John Salley, Challen Cates, Karen Waldron. Directed by Jim Yukich. Screenplay, Robert Reece. Camera (Deluxe color), Jeff Zimmerman; editor, Jerry Behrens; music, Don Peake; costume designer, Eduardo Castro. Reviewed at Santa Barbara Film Festival, March 11, 1999. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

With: Malcolm Jamal Warner, Challen Cates, Stanley Kamel, Tracee Ellis Ross, Peter Birkenhead, John Ratzenberger, Jerry Springer.
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