Go for Broke

In the comedy "Go for Broke," producer-director Jean Claude Lamarre presents a twist on men cross-dressing by setting the story in a women's prison. As the two men in drag, Michael Goorjian, who takes his role as a woman a little too seriously, and Pras, who tries to take advantage of being one of only two men among 3,000 women, are both superb.

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With: Pras, Michael Goorjian, LisaRae, Bobby Brown, Jean Claude Lamarre, Ed Lauter, Glenn Plummer.

In the comedy “Go for Broke,” producer-director Jean Claude Lamarre presents a twist on men cross-dressing by setting the story in a women’s prison. As the two men in drag, Michael Goorjian, who takes his role as a woman a little too seriously, and Pras, who tries to take advantage of being one of only two men among 3,000 women, are both superb. Pic should have strong appeal on festival and homevideo circuits.

When Belinda (LisaRaye) robs a restaurant and its customers, she takes a winning $10 million lottery ticket from friends Rome (Goorjian) and Jackson (Pras, from the rap group the Fugees). Before Belinda can make her get-away, she gets arrested and is sent to jail. Rome and Jackson, desperate for cash to pay off a gangster, decide to dress up like women and get arrested for a petty crime, following Belinda to prison so they can get their $10 million ticket back. In the prison, complications arise as Rome becomes the object of affection of the prison warden; and the pair winds up in the middle of conflict between black and white inmates.

Go for Broke

Production: A Warning Films production. Produced by Jean Claude Lamarre, Pras. Executive producer, Darryl Taja. Directed, written by Jean Claude Lamarre.

Crew: Camera (color), Cort Fey; editor, Skip Spiro; music supervisor, Michael Cohen. Reviewed at American Black Film Festival, Miami, June 27, 2002. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Pras, Michael Goorjian, LisaRae, Bobby Brown, Jean Claude Lamarre, Ed Lauter, Glenn Plummer.

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