The Last White Man (2020)

A man in East Los Angeles finds himself under constant turmoil in this action-drama that has some pretty laughable moments.

Paul is a Caucasian man living in East Los Angeles, an area full of crime and turmoil. Undeterred, Paul refuses to move much to the chagrin of his daughter Sarah, who constantly insists that Paul move in with her and her boyfriend Ken. When Paul finds himself under constant threat by Punisher and his boys, he soon finds an unexpected ally in the mysterious Hebrew, who shows the thugs that he is not to mess with. Paul and Hebrew soon form a friendship and they decide to do what they can to clean up the streets.

Meanwhile, one of Punisher’s boys, Rick, finds himself caring more about his buddies than his girlfriend Yolanda, who is pregnant with his child. Soon things hit a breaking poing and Yolanda decides to leave Rick once and for all. However, she soon learns that one of Rick’s buddies, Moe, who has had a thing for her, is offering to take care of her. Despite her reluctance, Yolanda is shocked and accepts his offer. When Paul is beaten up by Punisher and his men again, he is taken care of by Yolanda and Moe. However, when Sarah and Ken find themselves threatened by Punisher, Paul makes a decision that could change his life forever.

This indie action-drama from director Rob Tyler, who does practically everything behind the cameras, is not a bad film as it is based on a true story. The story of a Caucasian man in the barrios of East L.A. and bullied consistently and yet shows his mettle by not leaving is very interesting. Brian Lally does a great job in the titular role of Paul, who stands up not only to the gang despite the constant threats and bullying, but to his daughter who is always on his case for him to move. The role of Sarah is at first kind of annoying because she is always ragging on him and then when he refuses, blames him for not caring about she feels but in a way she doesn’t care about how he feels either so it’s mostly a lose-lose for these two.

There are some funny bits in the film that I couldn’t help but laugh because it was the way they are executed. For one, the character of Hebrew, played by Edwardo Keaton, knows how to fight and when we see him in action against some thugs, his fighting style will remind you of a Blaxploitation star of the 70s. As a matter of fact, if Dolemite was reborn as a Bible-speaking prophet, that would be the best way to describe Hebrew. The other laughable moments come when Rick is confronted by Yolanda because it seems like it’s comic relief on not one, but two times. When she slaps him across the face, his reaction is the stuff of comedy here.

What’s great is the subplot involving Yolanda, who is pregnant and feels she can’t turn to anyone and that’s when a major plot twist happens when Moe, played by Kyle Lally, is revealed that he always had a thing for her and wants to help her. Unlike a certain 1980’s film where a guy helps a pregnant woman  out and falls for her only to get rejected in the end, this one thankfully ends happily as the two help Paul when things go too far.

The Last White Man is not a bad indie film. There are some laughable moments that seem a bit unintentional, but the story works quite well thanks in part to Brian Lally’s titular performance.

WFG RATING: B-

Random Media presents a Bad Fish Films production. Director: Rob Tyler. Producer: Rob Tyler. Writer: Rob Tyler. Cinematography: Rob Tyler. Editing: Rob Tyler.

Cast: Brian Lally, Edwardo Keaton, Jenna Guercio, Staci Stewart, Antonio Rosales, Rocky Benoit, Kyle Lally, Disraeli Ellison.

The film is coming to On Demand and Digital on August 18 from Random Media.

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