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Undercover Brother
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Starring: Eddie Griffin, Dave Chappelle, Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, James Brown, Chris Kattan
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.undercover-brother.com
Kiddie Movie: Leave them at home.
Date Movie: If she has a sense of humor.
Gratuitous Sex: There's a great shower scene with Sistah Girl and White She Devil.
Gratuitous Violence: People get beat up and eaten by a shark.
Action: Lots of people get chased, even with golf carts.
Laughs: Plenty if you aren't too uptight.
Memorable Scene: Duh.  The shower scene.
Memorable Quote: The Chief:  "It's a great day for black people of all races!"
Directed By: Malcolm Lee
Produced By: Brian Grazer, Michael Jenkinson, Damon Lee

Undercover Brother
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:26 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Sometimes I wonder if the world is a little too politically correct because how can a movie like "Blazing Saddles" ever get made again? Then comes something like "Iím Gonna Get You Sucka" and my hopes that people donít take things too seriously is reborn. But then time passes, you see "Blazing Saddles" on TV and still laugh at the "Is it true what they say about black men? Oh, itís twue, itís twue!", or something like that, and you wonder again if itís alright to laugh. Thankfully "Undercover Brother" comes on the scene and it seems okay to poke fun at racial stereotypes again.

"Undercover Brother" opens showing how black people started to find their place in society in the 70ís. There was the music, there were icons like Richard Roundtree and Pam Grier, and there was clothing and hairstyles for only the African-American culture. But then came the eighties and nineties, and just as blacks were being accepted into the society, all of a sudden comes Urkel as a nerd and Dennis Rodman in a wedding dress. So much for black society being accepted.

So who is to blame? Itís "The Man," and "The Man" is getting pissed because the worst of all worst is starting to happen: a black man, General Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams), kinda similar to Colin Powell, might be running for President. "The Man" wants to keep The White House, well, white, and he enlists henchman, Mr. Feather (Chris Kattan), to save the day. Mr. Featherís plan Ė give the black people a mind-controlling drug, starting with Boutwell. Low and behold, at the press conference where everyone thinks he is going to announce his running for President, well, the good General announces that he is going to open up a string of chicken restaurants, complete with a "Nappy Meal."

Enter Undercover Brother (Eddie Griffin) and the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. Enlisting the help of Undercover Brother, the B.-H.O.O.D. goes on an undercover mission to seek out "The Man" and foil his plan. So Undercover Brother pretends he is a suburbanite, yuppy, black person, infiltrates "The Manís" company, and ends up falling for White She Devil (Denise Richards). Itís up to Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis) to bring Undercover back into the fold, bring out his afro, and save the African-American society.

This movie has a bunch of everything poking fun at everyone. White people are portrayed as people who love mayonnaise, Eddie Griffin pokes fun at the 70ís style black person with the afro and the clothes, Dave Chappelle as Conspiracy Brother pokes fun at anti-black conspiracies, proclaiming how George Washington Carver invented the computer, and thereís even a jab at affirmative action by having Lance (Neil Patrick Harris) hired by the B.-H.O.O.D. to fulfill the white quota.

Personally itís good too see people not taking things so seriously, and that turns into laughter a lot of the time. Eddie Griffin is great as Undercover Brother, as are the rest of the people in their roles. If you can drop the hard-line edge, youíll probably like "Undercover Brother." If you canít stand society making fun of society, please stay home. Itís 4 stars out of 5 for "Undercover Brother."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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