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Undercover Brother (2002)

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Viewed at Pacific Place
Rated PG; running time of 104 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written by: John Ridley and Michael McCullers. Based on the Internet series by John Ridley
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Cast: Eddie Griffin, Chris Kattan, Denise Richards, David Chappelle, Aunjanue Ellis, Neil Patrick Harris, Chi McBride, Billy Dee Williams

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Since 1972 The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D has fought for "Truth, Justice and the Afro-American Way." Man (Robert Trumball), is making the lives of the brothas and sistahs of America miserable. Of operatives of The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D, Sistah Girl, has gone undercover to thwart a ploy by The Man -- destroying the credit of black folks so they can't get home loans. Also on the scene, but not knowing about or working with Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis), is Anton Jackson (Eddie Griffin) A.K.A Undercover Brother.

U.B. in platforms and bell-bottoms is a throwback to the 70s, but it's all-good because he is also trying to do battle with The Man and liberate the brothas and sistahs of America. After his daring break-in at the bank, The Chief (Chi McBride) demands that U.B. is found and brought to the Headquarters and made an operative.

The Man and his second in command, Mr. Feathers (Chris Kattan), have created a mind-control formula and given it to Presidential hopeful General Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams). They've forced the General to abandon all hopes of becoming president and instead have him open up a string of fried chicken joints. They will then put the formula in the chicken and be able to control all the black folks of America.. Sistah Girl and U.B., with help from Conspiracy Brother (Dave Chapelle) and Smart Brother (Gary Anthony Williams), must stop it. Do they have what it takes to go up against The Man and win?

The Dish

This was one flippin' funny movie. I laughed literally from beginning to end. Initially, I was convinced that it was going to be the dumbest movie I've ever seen. I couldn't fathom how they could make light of the racial stereotypes between Blacks and Whites and do it in a way that worked. But the writers managed to do it and do it well. It was high camp, but not so high that it was ridiculous.

The casting was perfect from White She-Devil/Penelope Snow/Black Man's Kryptonite (Denise Richards) to Mr. Feathers - who was determined to fight the funk. I think Dave Chapelle has found his calling as Conspiracy Brotha Jones and Eddie Griffin has created a character that I hope to see in many movies to come.

This movie is a great diversion. Don't set your expectations high, just relax and crack up. There are some curse words and some sexual innuendo, but other than that it's pretty tame.

The Directive

If you like Austin Powers and Blaxploitation then you'll love Undercover Brother.
Green

There is nothing undercover about this comedy. It's Solid. Can you diggit?


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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2002
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