A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual humor, language and violence.
Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Anderson, Taye Diggs
Directed By:John Whitesell
A comedy is supposed to amuse you. Many times in order to do this, the audience needs to check their brain in at the door, and leave it with the theater usher. Now brainless an audience member can enjoy a completely pointless obnoxious film, and come out feeling refreshed. It’s only after they have retrieved their brains that the audience realizes that they really didn’t enjoy the film at all, but their money has already been lost, so they plan never to be hoaxed again. The sad story however, is that they are hoaxed again and again and again.
There is hope for this generation of brainless moviegoers though. Sometimes movies are so terrible that you don’t even need a brain to realize it. To name one of these movies, although there are many, let me introduce you to Malibu’s Most Wanted. Jamie Kennedy tries to pull off the role as a dimwitted white gangster wannabe, who thinks he is the biggest thug in Malibu. But being the son of candidate running for governor, His father’s campaign crew decides to “clean up” Jamie’s gangster act. They hire two black actors to pose as gangsters and “kidnap” him and hold him for ransom in South Central. In what they thought would scare the “whiteness” back in to him, instead only triggered more dimwitted actions and the spawn of Malibu’s Most Wanted.
Like I stated earlier, check your brain at the door for this one. There is no hope for your brain to make it out in tact otherwise. At no point did I find good reason to tell anyone to go see it. Jamie Kennedy proved to me that he is an idiot, and a worse actor than I had ever imagined. Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson both make the movie almost entertaining, but their roles as the actors who kidnap Jamie, just don’t have enough to save an already sinking film.
Plot? Did I hear someone say plot? If there was a plot, I am not sure if it was even a good one. All I really saw was 2 hours of racist garbage. Every other word was Kennedy spouting off racist catch phrases like “schizel my nizzel” and “schiznitz.” His acting, his dress and everything that came out of his mouth was nothing more than slam after slam on black culture. And if Kennedy didn’t offend everyone, the stereotyped black man/woman should have picked up the slack. Apparently there isn’t a black man on earth that doesn’t carry a gun, wear black tank tops and have a passion for random senseless violence and criminal activity. And of course the black women are all about “sex” and nothing more. The film plain and simply strived to make the black culture look raunchy and worthless and made the white culture, although ignorant in the end the “better people.”
The film had its upbeats for a few brief seconds; there was a quick scene with a talking mouse that had the voice of Snoop Dogg, and a mockery of the “rap battle” from 8 Mile, but all in all those were easily forgotten in the midst of the overall stupidity.
Some people I know had a problem with “Bringing Down the House.” They said the Steve Martin flick was nothing more than racist crap. Sure it may have poked fun at the black culture, but in the end, it didn’t make the black culture look like 3rd rate trash. I wish I could say the same for Malibu’s Most Wanted. If Bringing Down the House is indeed “racist” then Malibu’s Most Wanted isn’t much more than comedic hate propaganda. The Tagline for the flick told me “Don’t Be Hatin” and believe me, I tried not to but in the end what was there not to hate? In a film this bad not only do you want your money and your time back but in the end you want to make sure that the makers of this film never work in the film industry again.