Deliver Us from Eva

Deliver Us from Eva

4.3 9
Director: Gary Hardwick

Cast: Gary Hardwick, LL Cool J, Gabrielle Union, Duane Martin

     
 

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Three men discover that meddling in their sister-in-law's love life only makes their own lives more complicated in this romantic comedy. Eva Dandridge (Gabrielle Union) developed a sense of responsibility early on in life, when after the death of her parents she was left to care for her three younger sisters, Kareenah (Essence Atkins), Bethany (Robinne Lee), and… See more details below

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Three men discover that meddling in their sister-in-law's love life only makes their own lives more complicated in this romantic comedy. Eva Dandridge (Gabrielle Union) developed a sense of responsibility early on in life, when after the death of her parents she was left to care for her three younger sisters, Kareenah (Essence Atkins), Bethany (Robinne Lee), and Jacqui (Meagan Good). All four of the Dandridge sisters have grown up to be attractive, intelligent, and successful; Kareenah is happily married to Tim (Mel Jackson), while Bethany is engaged to Michael (Duane Martin), and Jacqui is going steady with Darrell (Dartanyan Edmonds). However, Eva still watches over her siblings like a hawk, and while her sisters love Eva dearly, Tim, Michael, and Darrell wish their sister-in-law would stay out of their business. The guys decide that if Eva had a boyfriend, she might be less interested in running other people's lives, and they turn to Ray (LL Cool J), a notorious ladies' man, for help. Ray is short on cash, so the guys make him a deal -- they'll give him 5,000 dollars to romance Eva, sweep her off her feet, and then dump her a few weeks later. Ray agrees, and while getting past her no-nonsense demeanor takes some doing, before long she's head over heels for him. However, Ray unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with Eva, and Eva, when offered a job in another town, decides to stay on to be with Ray. Even worse, the other Dandridge sisters are so impressed with the romantic Ray that they start demanding a bit more TLC from their own men.

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Editorial Reviews

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More than just a clever title, the intelligent Deliver Us From Eva delivers the goods for those in search of an African-American relationship comedy. Writer/director Gary Hardwick does revisit some of the mild misogyny of his debut, The Brothers, in the person of Eva Dandridge, a domineering shrew who makes life hell for the boyfriends/husbands of her three sisters. But at least there's a warm comedic core to Gabrielle Union's portrayal of the uncompromising health inspector, which features some great facial expressions and sharp-tongued rants, and Hardwick makes sure he eventually reveals the reasons behind her rigidity. Hardwick also oversees a winning rapport between Union and LL Cool J, whose own less-than-ideal character -- a mercenary player -- indicates Hardwick's interest in seeing both genders get their comeuppance. What keeps the film basically subtle is that it illustrates the characters' various stumbling blocks without resorting to ridiculous set pieces or insulting caricatures. The film recognizes what works in other films, perhaps to a fault -- it goes outside its basic relationship structure to cop a few vicarious good vibes from Barbershop, as the sisters meet in a salon and interact with its eccentric denizens for no real plot reason. (And if you stay through the credits, there's a revelation about one of these characters that undercuts Hardwick's apparent enlightenment). If only the third act didn't revolve around a plot contrivance that the characters would need to take idiot pills to believe, Deliver Us From Eva might be better than just a good addition to its genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
UPC:
0025192245329
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Feature commentary with director Gary Hardwick; Delivering Eva: behind the scenes of Deliver Us From Eva; LL Cool J - Paradise music video; K-Ci & JoJo - This Very Moment music video; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
LL Cool J Ray Adams
Gabrielle Union Eva Dandridge
Duane Martin Mike
Essence Atkins Kareenah
Robinne Lee Bethany
Meagan Good Jacqui
Mel Jackson Tim
Dartanyan Edmonds Darrell
Kym E. Whitley Ormandy
Royale Watkins Telly
Matt Winston Oscar
Ruben Paul Rashaun
Dorian Gregory Lucius Johnson
Kenya Moore Renee
Jazsmin Lewis Lori
Stephen Saux Bartender
Johnny Gill Actor
Mark Swenson Earl
Yuri Brown Cynda

Technical Credits
Gary Hardwick Director,Screenwriter
Len Amato Producer
Alison Ball Musical Direction/Supervision
B. E. Brauner Screenwriter
Reuben Cannon Casting
Paddy Cullen Producer
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Bill Hiney Art Director
Barry Levinson Executive Producer
Debrae Little Costumes/Costume Designer
David Lombard Musical Direction/Supervision
James Iver Mattson Screenwriter
Edward Mcavoy Production Designer
Marcus Miller Score Composer
Rip Murray Asst. Director
Jan Pascale Set Decoration/Design
Earl Watson Editor
Paula Weinstein Executive Producer
Russell Williams Sound/Sound Designer
Kim Williams Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. The Man
3. Apples & Oranges
4. What's Wrong With Her?
5. Uncompromising
6. No Downloading
7. You're Good, Man!
8. Chicago?
9. The Truth About Men
10. Dating Interruptus
11. Eva, Ray & Romeo
12. Building a Bridge
13. Are You the Man?
14. Lucius
15. The Best of Me
16. Ray & Eva! Ray & Eva!
17. Bad News
18. The Truth Doth Out
19. Romeo (End Credits)
20. Straight Up Telly

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