Review Date: May 31, 2002
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writer: John Ridley, Michael McClullers
Producers: Brian Grazer, Damon Lee, Michael Jenkinson
Eddie Griffin was also "on" as the Undercover Brother himself, and I absolutely adored his 'fro, his super-slick duds and his kung-fu kicks. He did seem to "disappear" to a certain extent during the film's latter act, with Chappelle's character seemingly picking up more of the laughs, but overall, the man delivered plenty of humor and kicked loads of the white man bootie! The film also sports some decent special effects and gadgets, exciting fight scenes, a very cool opening sequence, precious odes to the 70s style of movie-making (stay tuned during the end credits for an homage to 1976's CAR WASH) and Denise Richards, looking her usual "hot" self. Overall, there were definitely more jokes that worked than didn't, but some of the bigger concept gags which didn't click for me included Chris Kattan's "bad guy" character, who I didn't think was humorous, and James Brown, who in my opinion, has been "played out" in movies already. But in the end, the one-liners, the clever insights, the racial exaggerations all made for a fun time at the theatre and the uniqueness of the project, as well as its lack of "gross out" jokes, made for a fresh change from the static crap that we've been getting so far this year. So if you're a fan of the 70s, love that funky music (the soundtrack is slammin'), don't mind a good time at everyone's expense and want to forget about the horrors of your real world for a quick hour and a half, step inside this comedic Cadillac, with high style directing, very little seriousness and plenty of entertainment value. Or to describe it all in one word: solid!