Like Spike Lee would do six years later with Malcolm X, Prince imagines black culture in the aesthetics of Hollywood's Golden Age. Michael Ballhaus comes back to the French castles with a vengeance, the complete opposite of Last Year at Marienbad and yet just as playful.
Prince's 2nd vanity project is a curious buddy movie about 2 gigolos on the make until one falls for the mark. Ballhaus's B&W photography sparkles in the French sunshine, the soundtrack is Prince at the top of his game, the wardrobe dept. shoot for the stars but the plot, script & acting are juvenile. Kristin Scott Thomas is terrible and Prince's flirting & the to-&-fro with Jerome Benton can't stop the film sinking
Ironically it's the professional actors who overact .Stephen Berkov chews the scenery. Prince and Jerome Benton have an easy charm and work well together. The soundtrack is great and works well with in the context of the film. Also this was Keistin Scott Thomas' first movie.