CHOCOLATE CITY

Opening: “Chocolate City” (⋆½, rated R) is a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash. “Magic Mike ain’t got nothing on you,” someone tells Michael (Robert Ri’chard of “Coach Carter”). A college student without the cash to take on a girlfriend (Imani Hakim) or help his widowed mom (Vivica A. Fox), he joins the dance crew at Chocolate City. This being a black comedy shot in Tyler Perrytown (Atlanta), there’s a scolding from the preacher. Writer-director Jean-Claude La Marre plays that hip man of the cloth, dropping cracks about Chris Brown and the stoner comedy “Friday” into his sermons. But he’s the highlight of his movie. (At Mall of America)

Roger Moore, Tribune News Service