Why can’t a smart, attractive, successful African-American woman find a mate she can keep? Is it her bad attitude? It is in the case of “Traci Townsend,” who learns the truth about herself in this sharp indie effort by indie/TV helmer Craig Ross Jr. and scenarist Bobby Thompson. Incisively funny if occasionally broad, pic should access a large, underserved ethnic female target demo via cable and DVD sales.
Advice columnist Traci (Jazsmin Lewis) is sexy, successful, ready for romance — yet she’s single again after serial dumpings. Puzzled by a personal track record of zero marital proposals, she lets level-headed best friend and aspiring filmmaker Syl (Mari Morrow) videotape interviews with ex-boyfriends who reluctantly reveal why Traci wasn’t the one for them. For technology geek Daryll (Victor Williams), she was too invasive and possessive. Prosthetic-legged, wealthy entrepreneur Pierre (Marlon Young) couldn’t abide her infidelities. Body-beautiful Dante (Aaron D. Spears) was as vain, insensitive and competitive as Traci herself. Sparky perfs, bright production values on a low budget and clever writing make Los Angeles-shot “Traci Townsend” a specialized “Bridget Jones”-style chick-flick alternative that talks trash but speaks from the heart.