Review Date: March 30, 2000
Director: James Toback
Writer: James Toback
Producers: Michael Mailer, Daniel Bigel, Ron Rotholz
Tackle that onto the fact that half of the performances were decent in this movie, see Downey Jr. play his staple "gay guy" character and Power exhibit some potent charisma, while the other half existed solely for reasons known to Toback and his apparent "let's slap as many name people in this movie as possible", and you've got yourself a decent premise turning into a major mess. Granted I did like some scenes, the soundtrack and enjoyed a couple of laughs (mostly at their expense though), but what the heck was Claudia Schiffer's character all about, what was with Ben Stiller and his flip-flip personality, and what the hell is any of it supposed to mean anyway? Between me and you, I truly have no idea what this film was trying to say, besides the fact that hip-hop culture is apparently being embraced by all races. Whoopee...whatta surprise!
And to include a scene featuring Brooke Shields' character breaking down upon the discovery of her husband's "extremely obvious to anyone in the world" bi-sexuality, is simply insulting to the audience. So if you like movies featuring no real story, a handful of horrible improvisational sequences, a decent soundtrack and pretentiousness galore, by golly, slap your eight bucks down and buy yourself a genuine helping of self-indulgence. And as much as I hate punning the title of a film into my critiques...here it is...black or white, I think we can all agree that this movie sucks! :)