The Best Thing!

In this locally produced comedy, a south-side restaurant owner teams up with a social worker to track down the illegitimate son he fathered years earlier; if he finds the boy, he may share in the substantial inheritance the child has coming his way. The movie’s broad performances, moralizing dialogue, and melodramatic complications suggest a 21st-century update of such pioneering Oscar Micheaux features as Within Our Gates (1920) and Body and Soul (1925). But where Micheaux transcended his shoestring productions with a flair for storytelling, director Kyle T. Miller never exhibits such innate talent. This tends to lie flat when the story should be moving forward, and the amateurish acting can be distracting.