Romany Malco has been playing a character called Tijuana Jackson for years. Now, Malco’s bringing his Youtube character to screens near you in a new film called Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison. Tijuana is a “life coach” and motivational speaker who has served a bit of time in the penitentiary system. Like many brothas, Tijuana learned a lot about himself while inside. They locked his body, but couldn’t trap his mind.
Tijuana was recently released from his oppressor’s confines and in his self-titled film, he’s looking to find meaning in his new life. His freedom leads him on a search for purpose and his path is the purest comedy. Once he realizes the power of the spoken word, Tijuana sets himself on a path to help and enrich the lives of others who might be struggling the way he once was. While chasing his life altering opportunity of becoming a life coach, he violates his parole in the process. With additional jail time looming over his head, Jackson must stand up to the challenge of achieving success through serving his community.
Playing Tijuana’s probation officer is the incomparable Regina Hall. We can’t even express how much we love this lady and her timing, delivery, and attitude are pitch-perfect for this role.
Tami Roman takes on the role of Sharea Jackson, TJ’s sister and greatest foil. She STAYS on his a$$ about one thing or another and at times you might even ask yourself, “Does she even LIKE her brother?!” The love is there, but Tami plays one helluva tough cookie. Pretty on-brand if you ask us.
According to Deadline, Romany Malco secured the bag by landing a distribution deal with entertainment label Cranked Up Films.
“We had to make this movie independently because no one in their right mind would get behind such an outrageously controversial character, and that says a lot about Cranked Up,” explains Malco. He continued on to say, “My goal with Tijuana Jackson is to redefine success as we know it and teach others that monetary gain, social status and the acquisition of THINGS mean nothing without purpose.”
The comedy is set to release on demand and digital on July 31st. Press play and peep both trailers to Tijuana Jackson.
The red band trailer is below.