Undercover Brother (2002)
USA / English
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"When "The Man" tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue.
As spoof movies go, this one is pretty good. Usually with these kind of
films you have to wade through a dozen lame jokes to find one that
raises a laugh, but here the hits are just about on a level pegging
with the misses. And when the gags aren't working there's always the
delicious Denise Richards and Aunjanue Ellis to look at
Writer John Ridley pokes fun at both black and white stereotypes here
in a spoof of both 70s blaxploitation flicks and Austin Powers style
super agent comedies and he manages to establish a decent pace
throughout. Too often, films like these load all their best gags into
the first couple of reels, but in this one there are still laughs to be
had in the final one. The humour ranges from near-slapstick to clever
wordplay and the cast enter into the spirit of the thing with an
appealing exuberance and, thanks to the quality of the script, are
spared the indignity of having to desperately mug and strain for
John Ridley's body of work ranges from the light comedy of Fresh Prince
of Bel-Air to the action spectacle of Three Kings and the noir style of
the novel upon which Oliver Stone's U-Turn was based, and he's showing
no signs yet of spreading himself thin. While the direction from
Malcolm D. Lee lacks flair on occasion, he does an acceptable job.
Amongst the cast, Chris Kattan stands out as the villainous Mr.
Feather, as does Dave Chapelle as Conspiracy Brother. Denise Richards
looks hotter than hot as the kind of white girl every black man
apparently dreams of bedding, while Aunjanue Ellis as Sistah Girl spars
well with Eddie Griffin in the title role.
Perhaps the only thing working against the film is its continual pop
culture references which are bound to soon leave it looking as outdated
as the 70s flicks it spoofs. A lot of the jokes, though, will always be
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