Starring: Eddie Grffin, David Chapelle, Denise Richards,
Aunjanue Ellis, Chris Kattan, Chi McBride, Neil Patrick Harris
and Gary Anthony Williams (cameo by James Brown)
Dircted by: Malcom D. Lee
Interview w/Eddie Griffin
Undercover Brother is a hoot! Oh, I'm sorry is that all
white talkin' lingo? Based on the seventies era of Blaxploitation
films; Blacula, Shaft and Foxy Brown. The screen
could barely contain the fro's girth!
It was a time
of bellbottoms and funkadelic souls
riffs off that tune. While no way as clever as Keenan Ivory Wayans'
Gonna Get You Sucka it has plenty of hearty tacky laughs
to almost out weigh its slower, bad comedy. It's
the lethargic parts that kept this sucka down man.
goes the Blackman has lost his oomph thanks to "The Man"
making everything a generic-Friends-watching-Starbuck slurping-Mock
Turtle Neck Khaki wearing reality. The Man has even managed to
take down the current black hero General (Billy Dee Williams)
and this time it aint a conspiracy theory getting folks up in
arms! It really is a corporate dude named The Man whitewashing
black folks with his mind control formulas.
feeding the hero General one of these sinister liquids the General
has announced instead of running for Prez he's opening a chain
of fried chicken restaurants!
The underground black version of Get Smart known as The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D.
needs to commandeer Under Cover Brother and stop the madness before
they all go white!
is a cool walkin karate choppin' fast talkin' jive agent that
represents a wonderful snapshot of the seventies funk-o-rama once
blossoming in the black culture. He's stylin! He's also down with
the gig and agrees to assist his panther-like brothers.
with his new partner Sistah Girl and a posse of colorful characters,
Smart Brother, Chief Brother and Conspiracy Brother (Aunjanue
Ellis, Gary Anthony Williams, Chi McBride and David-a fave- Chapelle),
he infiltrates the source of The Man.
but The Man's head honcho Mr. Feather (Chris- same old role- Kattan)
has brought in the "Black Man's Kryptonite" to battle
the bros! Meet agent Penelope Snow (aka White She Devil aka Denise
Richards). Her mission is to blind UB from following through on
his oath to save the black man via some tight white booty and
mayonnaise! Yes, mayonnaise
the story's silly and far-fetched. It's supposed to be. It's a
politically incorrect taboo-slappin-knee hittin- poke at both
the black and white races.
Griffin is being poised to be the next Chris Rock. He's a funny,
funny guy. Had they given him a tad more room to expand and freak
out with UB he could have used this as his stepping stone.
But honestly, it's David Chapelle as Conspiracy Brother that absolutely
steals whatever show there is. Dave plays the quintessential angry
black guy that has a big ol' fro hair across his adorable ass!
His banter about the various things out to put him and his "people"
down will have you spittin' coke out your lilly white nostrils!
Ellis was great as agent Sistah Girl and Denise Richards as White
She Devil sexkittened the screen up.
If you're a bigot do-not-see this film. If you're of the new generation
that loves the differences we all have you'll dig it. There seems
to be an equal amount of stereotypes to go around. Um, white people
apparently LOVE mayonnaise - though I wouldn't touch the stuff
with a thirty-nine and a half inch pole. Black folks apparently
LOVE fried chicken to the point were to bring down their "culture"
The Man would only need to contaminate the spicy crumb coating.
think they did a pretty fair job of playing the race card on both
sides. It's done in great fun and makes you see how ridiculous
race wars can be. Too bad they didn't cut out these cheese enough
to really nail the joke! The film gets a very strong 2 1/2 stars
truly funny quip from the film: "This is a great day for
black people of all races."
Recommendation: Fried Chicken with hot sauce and a Tab