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Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison (2018)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 July 2020 (USA)
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An ex convict on parole is set on becoming a world renowned motivational speaker.


Romany Malco


Romany Malco
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Credited cast:
Romany Malco ... Tijuana Jackson
Regina Hall ... Cheryl Wagner
Alkoya Brunson ... Lil' Eric Jackson
Tami Roman ... Sharea Jackson
Tyler Cassidy Tyler Cassidy ... Tyler Cassidy
Baadja-Lyne Odums ... Momma Jackson (as Lyne Odums)
Shannon Dang ... Rachel Cho
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wesley Armstrong ... DJ Watchtower
Akim Black ... Probation Officer
Brian Brushwood Brian Brushwood ... Parolee #2
Chase Bryant Chase Bryant ... Prisoner
Berkeley Clayborne ... Darlene
Andrea Clemons Andrea Clemons ... Toastmaster Contestant
Susan Deming ... Case Manager
Malcolm Farrell ... Journalist


Released from prison and placed on probation, Tijuana Jackson sets out to fulfill his dream of becoming a world renowned motivational speaker but fails to comply with strict orders from his no-nonsense probation officer. Chasing a life changing opportunity, he violates his parole, flees his jurisdiction, abandoning his family and community in the process. Facing more jail time and cut off from the only support system he's ever had, TJ must master the art of achieving selfless success through serving his community or fail miserably serving time.

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Life is like a vending machine. It's full of change.




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Romany Malco created such an impressive presence online for himself through social outreach, charity work, 1 on 1 interaction with followers on social media and creating unique content by incorporating real phone calls from fans to his character Tijuana Jackson that in March of 2012 the White House asked him to be part of an advisory panel on social media outreach. See more »

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Regina Hall & Romany Malco are MAGIC together!
1 August 2020 | by sharozmakarechiSee all my reviews

Great ensemble cast in addition to Malco (who also wrote and directed) and Hall bring this indie together in unexpected ways. The main character Tijuana Jackson is an ex-convict with ambition to be a world renowned life coach/motivational speaker. Hilarious rap-preaching in and out of prison, with lines you're going to have to rewind and repeat, and still might not make sense. He might be around the edges but his heart is in the right place, The tone changes from scene to scene as we see TJ and Cheryl (Regina Hall), his parole officer, through the lens of a couple of soon to be college grads versus through the gorgeous cinematography of John Rosario. Great preamble to important conversations about some of what black Americans have been grappling with for decades and are coming to a boiling point again in 2020. This is one of those films that plays with tension designed to tug at complex emotions, make you not know how you're supposed to feel or think, then jabs you with a belly laugh. Great directorial debut. Impressive.

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24 July 2020 (USA) See more »

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