Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 tale A Raisin in the Sun, which deals with black mobility and racial discrimination in Chicago, follows the financially-strapped South Side Younger family as they await the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check ... and the interpersonal dramas that ensue.
Combs -- who has referred to Raisin as a "coming out" of sorts for him as an on-screen actor -- is said to be serviceable in the role of Walter Lee, Jr., but outshone by the powerhouse actresses around him.
Marquee lure Combs was considered the weak link on stage. But while he may lack the experience and technique to project to the second balcony, he's more satisfactory -- a tad facially inexpressive, but otherwise hitting the right notes -- under the camera's intimate gaze.
Just in case you missed it, here's the trailer.