Undercover Brother

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2 1/2

This action-comedy spoof of 1970s blaxploitation films pits two utterly wacky spy operations against each other. A diabolical underground movement launches an all-out campaign to reverse the all-too prevalent influence of black culture on white America. But the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., with the help of Undercover Brother, UB, (Eddie Griffin), prepares to thwart the evil plans of Mr. Feather (Chris Kattan). Mr. Feather has already drugged General Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams), who is about to enter politics as the first black presidential candidate. As the world waits for the Generals history-making announcement, he instead introduces his Generals Chicken franchise for fried chicken. To infiltrate enemy headquarters aided by Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis), UB swaps his 70s Afro hairdo, 1972 Cadillac and tight-fitting polyester suit for slicked down hair and a preppie business suit. But UB may meet his match in the adversarys secret weapon, White She Devil (Denise Richards). Moviegoers looking for escapism will find this ludicrous comedy worth the price of admission.

Besides the parody of such 1970s films as SHAFT and CLEOPATRA JONES, much of UNDERCOVER BROTHERs humor comes from black characters making fun of stereotyped Caucasian characters eating globs of mayonnaise, uptight attitude about sex, and obsession with 401K plans. Likewise, stereotypical black characters habits and expressions are parodied by Mr. Feather and his henchmen, including crude references to sex and bathroom humor. Other laugh-generating antics include UB jumping off buildings, crashing through plate glass windows, attacking the enemy with martial art kicks and painful hits, plus the usual car chases and explosions. Sistah Girl and White She Devil confront each other in a vicious fight, which also generates some sexually suggestive thoughts by the on-lookers. Thrown into the mix are two f-words and 5 s-words, plus many crudities and a few profanities. The women wear tight-fitting, low-cut outfits that emphasize their physical attributes and leave very little to the imagination. In one scene, white female executive appears sexually aroused by the disguised UBs introduction of a marketing strategy for a new product. Mindless fun may be the idea, but there are better choices for summer recreation than UNDERCOVER BROTHER. Exploitation of exaggerated violence and crude humor will not only insult, but also offend discerning viewers.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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 (28) times Mild 18, moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (10) times - F-word 2, s-word 5, finger gesture 2, other 1

Profanity: Few (4) times Exclamatory (Good G, Good L)

Violence: Continuous Moderate (action style car chases, explosions, martial arts fighting, painful kicks and hits, crashes through plate glass windows)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity - Several times (revealing necklines, tight-fitting outfits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (woman appears sexually aroused during business meeting, crude references to sex and body parts)

Drugs: Few times (references to drugged general)

Other: Racial ridicule, both white and black characters; bathroom humor

Running Time: 87 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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