Welcome to another edition of ‘Retro Rewind‘, the TGJ original feature launched to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.
Today, our journey takes us to 1997. Our destination? ‘B*A*P*S’, the New Line Cinema movie starring Halle Berry.
The movie tells the tale of two young women who become ‘Black American Princesses’ after auditioning for a music video in Los Angeles to raise money for the hair salon/soul food spot they hope to create.
It isn’t long before their trip to the West Coast sees them thrown into a sinister plot to milk a millionaire’s fortune.
Unfortunately, it failed to recoup its 10 million dollar budget after its release (it picked up $7,338,229) but, as many will agree, worked wonders for Berry’s diverse filmography.
On ‘B.A.P.S’ and her poorly received ‘Catwoman’:
I had such high hopes for that movie (Catwoman). It seemed like a good idea. Men have done it. But our story just wasn’t good enough. But I will tell you one thing that has helped me deal with the failure of that: Critics bashed it, but people come up to me now and either they say, ‘I loved you in the movie B.A.P.S,’ which is a comedy that I did, or they say, ‘I don’t care what anybody says, I liked Catwoman.’ Nobody ever says, ‘I really loved Monster’s Ball.’ Nobody. No. Body. Nobody!