Steven J. Foley’s “Strange as Angels” is a pleasant if underplotted (and underpopulated) romantic seriocomedy with an African-American cast. Modest indie will appeal to older black viewers tired of being targeted by films whose violence and/or raunchy humor seem best suited to under-30 auds. Prospects look best as a rental item.
After dumping a faithless younger lover, thirtysomething painter Marilyn Ross (Marie-Francoise Theodore) is fed up with her life in native Chicago, where she’s stayed mostly to keep her mother company. While musing whether to leave town for good, she attracts attention from recently divorced journalist Rodney (Christian Payton), commencing intense involvement. But she remains commitment-shy, a state only underlined when their mutual best friends (Inny Clemons, Jamila Anderson) seriously click, and even mom (Mimi Ayers) considers second-time-around wedlock. Lead characters’ petty misunderstandings lead to an unsatisfying ending. Talky proceedings grow a bit sluggish in the last reels, but until then, it’s enjoyable, if slight, fare, decently mounted in tech terms.