Who's The Man?

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Rap music and a ghetto in New York's Harlem neighborhood set the scene for this blend of rap and MTV. Doctor Dre and Ed Lover (playing themselves) give bad haircuts in a Harlem barbershop. The rotund Dre is the good-natured recipient of donut jokes, and the flirting Lover regularly gets slapped. Because of the frequent neighborhood robberies and gunfire, their boss insists that they take the test to become police. A neighborhood crack dealer brings an offer from a ruthless real estate developer to buy the barber shop. The owner refuses to sell out his shop and his neighborhood. Meanwhile, Dre and Lover somehow get chosen to go to the police academy. The duo return to Harlem to show off their new-found authority. Tragedy strikes, and the barber shop burns with the good-citizen owner inside. The suspects are the ruthless developer and the local crack dealer. Dre and Lover bumble their way through an investigation, but are fired for going beyond their authority. They are now free to pursue their own investigation. While offering good acting by the two stars and some moments of humor, WHO'S THE MAN? is thin of plot and suffers from an overdose of rap music and disrespect for authority.

Predictable in a film of this genre is a large portion of objectionables, including the f-word over 90 times. Disrespect for authority extends from the mockery of the proctor at the police exam to the exaggerated destructive fits of the police sergeant. The nearly-incessant rap music in the background echoes the disrespect for authority and adds to the palate of objectionable language. The music also contains sexually-suggestive language. One of the barbers is portrayed as a homosexual. During a fashion show several revealing dresses are being fitted and worn, along with sexually-seductive movements on the fashion runway. Drugs are strongly implied in two scenes and five drinking scenes include a drunken midget. The funeral scene is exaggerated, apparently for humor, but is disrespectful. As apparent justification for the deadly act against the barber-shop owner, the "Book of Daniel" is misquoted, stating "every man's sword is against his brother." Overall, the relentless obscenities and other objectionable themes leave no reason to recommend this movie.

Preview Reviewer: Alice Anderson
Distributor:
New Line Cinema, 575 8th Ave., 16th Floor, NY, NY 10018

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (43) times - Mild 25; Moderate 18

Obscene Language: Many (150+) times (f-word 90+, s-word 37, other 26)

Profanity: Several (7) times - Regular 6; Exclamatory 1

Violence: Several (7) times - Mild (pushing and shoving) and moderate (building exploding, gunfire, bloody corpse, robbery)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several (5), mild (flirting, suggestive body movements)

Drugs: Drugs (implied twice); drinking - several (6) (bar scenes, teenage drinking, drunken midget)

Other: Several times (disrespect for authority, disrespectful funeral scene, Bible misquoted)

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