“Official Selection – San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2019”. Me neither. Five minutes into LOQUEESHA, writer-director-star Jeremy Saville hasn’t started talking like what he thinks black people talk like yet, but he has done a wildly offensive Gandhi impression instead. Apparently if you hang around for long enough in a deserted bar offering asinine advice that makes you sound like the Sphinx from MYSTERY MEN then you’ll be handed your big break. Joe/Loqueesha thinks xenophobia is the same as anthrophobia and/or agoraphobia, and Saville may not know the difference either. They get the only black guy in this (Dwayne Perkins) to say, completely straight-faced, “I don’t know what I’m more impressed by, you as a black woman or your therapy techniques”. Joe later berates a woman (Mara Hall) for not being as good at being black as he is, and she just accepts this. It’s a lazy, self-congratulatory and narcissistic insult of a movie. SSP
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