June 29, 1998 12:00 PM

Christopher Scott Cherot

Lee Plenty (Cherot), the languid hero of this promising romantic comedy about black professionals in their 20s, drives women nuts. He’s cute in a scruffy sort of way, he’s educated, and he’s allegedly laboring away at a novel on his laptop. But he doesn’t have a job, has no interest in landing one and, while decidedly heterosexual, is so laid-back about expressing interest in the opposite sex, he’s practically horizontal. Women can’t decide whether this guy is a perfect reclamation project or a hopeless loser. He’s none too sure himself.

Hav Plenty, the debut effort by triple-threat star-writer-director Christopher Scott Cherot (who has said the film is semiautobiographical), is a savvy little film about finding one’s self. If its fledgling cast aren’t always up to the demands of their roles (a shortcoming more evident in the dramatic scenes than the comic ones), they’re in there trying, and Cherot has provided them with strong material. Watch for singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and his wife, Tracey, the movie’s executive producers, in an amusing cameo at the end. (R)

Bottom Line: Low-budget comedy with lots to like

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