Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Undercover Brother |
Widescreen Collector's Edition
Actors: Eddie Griffin, Denise Richards, Aunjanue Ellis, Chris Kattan, Dave Chappelle
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
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Marc M. (mojofilmguy)
Reviewed on 1/14/2011...
I laughed my self silly. This is a Very Funny movie !
Whether you get it from this club or catch it on tv, do yourself a favor and give it a chance.
Smart comedy uses '70s blaxploitation as springboard...
Mark Savary | Seattle, WA | 06/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're a fan of those '70s blaxploitation movies like "Shaft", "Black Caesar", or "Foxy Brown", then this send-up movie will be drop-dead hilarious. But, even if you don't like those kind of films, this is still one smart comedy worth a look. The movie uses the blaxsploitation style as a springboard to discuss racial stereotyping. And guess what? It WORKS!Right from the opening credits with the '70s styling and retro alphabet they used, right through to the the few comedy snippets in the closing credits (stay and watch how Undercover Brother parks his car!), the movie will have you hooked and keep you hooked.A cross between those '70s movies, James Bond, and even a touch of "Naked Gun", "Undercover Brother" really delivers the laughs, as the pure 1970's retro and funky Undercover Brother joins up with the BROTHERHOOD to stop the evil plans of "The Man" and his henchmen. Billy Dee Williams plays a Colin Powell-like war hero who is in line to become the first black President before The Man steps in to stop him, and James Brown cameos.What makes the movie work so well is that, instead of getting all PC and shying away from racial stereotypes, the film throws them right in your face to show just how stupid they are. Another thing I like is that the film does not just center on the stereotypes that white people have; stereotypes that black people have about whites get -- er, equal treatment, so to speak. This gives the film an even-handed approach, where most filmmakers would have just tried to get mileage out of '70s jokes, or jokes aimed at white people.I noted that the audience was equally mixed at the showing I went to see, and the African Americans laughed just as hard as me, if not harder. Even as a white guy, I got a real kick out of Undercover Brother and the BROTHERHOOD as they were "takin' it to The Man", and you will, too. Smart comedies are pretty rare these days, so either get thee to the theater, or wait and get the DVD! You'll want to keep this one!"
You hate yourself for laughing, but you do it anyway.
Benjamin | ATLANTA, Gabon | 01/02/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My friend Kacoon and I saw this after she'd gone on a White Russian binge. We'd seen everything else in the theater, and she was in the mood for something slight.Now, Kacoon and I have this penchant for picking the absolute-best bad movies out there and having a whale of a time while watching them, and "Undercover Brother," which had us laughing from the first "Macy Gray with porkchop sideburns" joke through its final moments.The plot involves the first African American presidential hopeful, a Colin Powell-lookalike played, fittingly, by Billy Dee Williams. Moments before making his announcement to run, though, someone in the White Establishment working for The Man manages to get to him. Instead of running for president, Billy Dee ends up opening a chain of fried chicken/soul food restaurants.It's up to Undercover Brother and his team from THE BROTHERHOOD (including the stereotypical Chief, Sistah Girl and Lance the white Affirmative Action intern) to save the day.Throughout the movie, you hate yourself for laughing, but you do it anyway. Particularly when Denise Richards shows up as Ms. Snow, otherwise known as Black Man's Kryptonite.Chris Kattan is the weakest spot in the cast, I thought, but the rest of the movie is dead-on in its parody of cop movies, spy movies, interracial romance movies, white culture, African-American culture and anything else it can get in its sights.Very, very funny, even when the jokes are just ... wrong."
70's Afro Flashback
Reta Renee Schiber | Collinsville, IL | 10/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was hilarious--to me. But I was a member of that generation. Big afro, platform shoes and "hot pants." Being a bourgeois black pronouncing my E's and R's, I made them cringe when I said the N-word. So this movie was terribly funny to me. My hat's off to Malcolm Lee for having the courage to make such a film. One IMDB reviewer who complained of having been offended by white jokes doesn't have any idea of just how offensive a great deal of this was to some black viewers. Suggesting that all types of black men, no matter how hip and politically savvy, fantasize about white women took guts. Many people, especially younger ones will not see the humor. But I laughed all the way through it. All power to the people. Right on, my brother."