Undercover Brother (2002)

MALCOLM D. LEE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

USA, 2002.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Urban Media.  Story by , Screenplay by John Ridley, , based on the internet series by John Ridley.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

There’s a lot more than just slapstick comedy going on in this hilarious spoof of seventies ‘blaxploitation’ movies; beneath all the humour there’s a non-subtle, totally appropriate slap in the face of racism.  is excellent in the title role as an afro-touting, platform shoe-wearing undercover agent who teams up with an underground operation called B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. to stop an evil old white man called ‘The Man’ from completely destroying the country’s chances of having its first black President. plays the candidate for this title, a powerful general who is brainwashed into submission by the Man’s organization on the very day that he is to announce his plans to run, and instead ends up opening a chain of fried chicken restaurants. There are a couple of times when the jokes get a little too silly, but the film truly is funny and meaningful, and the performers all give it their best (even  as the vixen known as White She-Devil has moments reminiscent of a young Kim Basinger).   is excellent as the romantic lead from Undercover Brother named Sistah Girl, and is hysterical in the film’s best performance as Conspiracy Brother.

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