The Seat Filler

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The Seat Filler
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Directed by Nick Castle
Written by Mark Brown
Duane Martin
Tisha Campbell-Martin
Starring Duane Martin
Kelly Rowland
Melanie Brown
DeRay Davis
Shemar Moore
Kyla Pratt
Glynn Turman
Sy Smith
Cinematography Suki Medencevic
Edited by Patrick Kennedy
Julia Wong
Distributed by Magnolia Home Entertainment
The Momentum Experience
Release dates
  • July 20, 2004 (2004-07-20)
Running time
90 minutes
Language English
Budget $8 million
Box office $17.9 million

The Seat Filler is an American romantic comedy musical film produced by the Company Production of Magnolia Home Entertainment, Seat Filler Productions, Shake Martin Films and Strange Fruit Films, which released in 2004. It stars Kelly Rowland, Duane Martin, Melanie Brown, Kyla Pratt and Shemar Moore. The movie received mainly average reviews.

The film is also recognized as Duane Martin's first (and to date, only) appearance in a musical film and Kelly Rowland's most successful film in a leading role performance.

Plot[edit]

Derrick, an aspiring lawyer who is studying for the bar exam, struggles to keep his head above water financially. His best friend and roommate E.J. suggests Derrick join him at his job as a seat filler at awards shows. When seat filling at the Video Beat awards gala, Derrick meets popular R&B singer Jhnelle, who mistakes him for a regular guest. Believing that he is Alonzo Grant, entertainment lawyer to the stars, Jhnelle asks Derrick out on a date.

Production[edit]

Actress/singer Tisha Campbell, wife of star Duane Martin, receives a co-writing credit, while Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith serve as executive producers.

Cast[edit]

Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore make cameo appearances as themselves. Eriq La Salle makes an uncredited cameo appearance as Alonzo Grant, the man whose identity Derrick uses to impress Jhnelle.

Songs from the movie[edit]

"I Need a Love"
Single by Kelly Rowland
Released April 27, 2008 (YouTube)
2005 (Worldwide)
Format YouTube Release, digital download
Recorded United States
Genre Pop, contemporary R&B
Length 3:47
Label Blacktrak Entertainment
Writer(s) Kelly Rowland, Rob Lewis, Courtney Harrell, Cookie Lewis
Producer(s) Rob Lewis

No soundtrack album was released for the film. Instead a promo single by Kelly Rowland, "I Need a Love", was released. Rowland contributed a total of five songs to the film.

Songs used in the film include:

  1. "I Need a Love": performed by Kelly Rowland, written by Rob Lewis, Courtney Harrell and Cookie Lewis.
  2. "Follow Your Destiny": performed by Kelly Rowland, written by Rob Lewis, Courtney Harrell, Cookie Lewis.
  3. "Flashback": performed by Kelly Rowland
  4. "Lost Without You": performed by Chante Moore, written by Rob Lewis and Kevin White.
  5. "Ultimate Hollywood": written by Stephen James Edwards.
  6. "Alma Latina": written by Elizabeth Carbe.
  7. "Classic Romance": written by Linda Martinez.
  8. "Chicago Style": written by Larry Cohn.
  9. "Murder Battle": written by Johann Lestat.
  10. "Hollywood Stars": written by Linda Martinez.
  11. "Jungle Bee": written by Simon Holland.
  12. "Glances": written by I, Romeo.
  13. "Eazy Rider": written by Deklan Flynn.
  14. "Cajon Heat": written by Best Mekanic and Candence Blaze.
  15. "Think About It": performed by Honey, written by Monique Francis.
  16. "Boom": performed by Brie, written by James Terry and Walter Scott.
  17. "BlackOut": performed by Baby Docks, written by D. Vardelja
  18. "The Skate Thing": written and performed by Michael Angelo Berry.
  19. "Sometimes Love": performed by Voyce, written by Steve Harvey and Nia Long.
  20. "In Case You Didnt Know": performed by Nastacia Kendall, written by Rob Lewis
  21. "Do What It Do": performed by Street Loyalty, written by Greg Charley.
  22. "Fire and Desire": performed by Rick James, written by James and Teena Marie.
  23. "Stop Boy": written and performed by Nastacia Kendall.
  24. "US2": performed by Trendaettas, written by Dan-lala.
  25. "About You": performed by Diamond Malone, written by David Hunter and Carlton Martin.
  26. "Bad Habit": performed by Kelly Rowland, written by Rowland, Solange Knowles and Bryn Michael Cox
  27. "Train on a Track": performed by Kelly Rowland, written by Rob Fusari, Tiaa Wells, Balewa Muhammad and Sylvester Jordan.
  28. "Lets Go Back": performed by Alicia Keys, written by Timothy Bloom.

Box office performance[edit]

The film debuted 18 in the box office top twenty for the week, grossing $4,812,287 in 287 cinemas. It averaged $4,410 at 2,905 sites, and earned a total domestic gross ticket sales of $10,238,923. Worldwide, the film grossed $17,972,898.

Reviews[edit]

The film has received mainly average reviews. Garnering a rating of 3/5 stars, Vince Leo of Qwipster.net states that "While it isn't a must-see film by any means, never rising above a level of being merely pleasantly enjoyable, for those that enjoy romantic comedies, this one has enough moments of cleverness and natural charm to justify seeking out"[1] Andy Dursin of The Aisle Seat gave the film 2.5/4 stars staying "This romantic comedy with an African-American cast was capably directed by Nick Castle (“The Last Starfighter”) and offers an appealing cast, with the two leads generating believable chemistry throughout"[2] HomeTheaterInfo.com also gave the film 2.5/4 stars praising Rowland by stating that she "has what it takes to be a romantic comedy success, she is pretty, talented and be the girl next door or the sought after star. She also connects well with her fellow actors here providing a performance that the audience to become emotional invested with her character."[3]

DVD release[edit]

The DVD was released 20 July 2005 in United States, on its second week of release the DVD entered United States Billboard DVD Chart (top 40) at number 14 and sold over 160,000 copies. After seven weeks of release it has made an estimate of $6,847,722 in sales.

Special features

  • All-Access featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Extended Performance of "Follow Your Destiny" by Kelly Rowland

Recognitions[edit]

  1. 2004 Debuted at #18 on Box Office Top Twenty Weekly
  2. 2005 #14 on United States Billboard DVD Chart (top 40)

References[edit]

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