Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (2-May-1986)
Director: Richard Pryor
Writers: Paul Mooney; Richard Pryor; Rocco Urbisci
Keywords: Drama, Biography, Cocaine
Autobiographical film starring Richard Pryor, who portrays himself as Jo-Jo Dancer, a dope-addled comedian. In intensive care at a hospital burn unit, Jo-Jo revisits moments in his life, trying to figure out where it all went wrong. Lovely sets and cinematography frame the early part of the film, as the comic leaves home to make it in the big city, but the second and third acts suffer from an unfocused plot, interminable montages, and the shallow characterizations of Jo-Jo's ex-wives.
Review by anonymous (posted on 23-Jul-2006)
say I am a little prejudice when I give them my thoughts about this
movie. That is only because my mother, Anne Righi, played a bit part in
the movie as a "Madame" in a scene (there really are no small parts)
where she is standing on the front porch of a house of "ill repute"
motioning for the men to come over on such a warm inviting day and as
she is waving, she speaks....with the sound of her beautiful voice and
enticing red hair blowing in the wind..you can only capture a glimpse
of what this beauty is all about. Not only that, but, Richard Pryor was
a truly dear friend of my mother and she invited him to our house in
Peoria,whereby, she cooked him the finest homecooked meal you could
ever want or desire, for among her many talents was the art of cooking
besides making you feel welcomed in her home. This movie means a great
deal to me and my family, as we had a closeness to who Richard Pryor
was and what he was all about. In the true sense of the word "acting"
there can be no other like Richard Pryor and he proves it once again in
this movie. It was a saddened day for all when he
passed...but...forever..he will be in our hearts and in this film and
many more he created. Enjoy!
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