"I laughed a lot and was shocked to find myself doing so."
Th trailer made the film look like unmitigated garbage of the highest order. Plus we've been inundated with so many atrocious "race comedies" lately that I could be forgiven for half-dismissing this flick prior to seeing it. So imagine my pleased reactions when the movie made me laugh for a solid 75 minutes.I say '75 minutes' quite simply because the last 15 are just awful. With no clear idea on how to end this amiable farce, the filmmakers opted to throw in a bunch of car crashes and a big explosion, thereby hoping to send viewers out of the theater on some sort of artificial adrenalin rush.
It nearly ruins the entire flick.
But let's back up: I expected to loathe this movie. Yet no matter how sure I am that a movie will be awful, once the lights go down and the endless parade of car commercials end, every movie gets a fair shake.
Jamie Kennedy has proven he can be a damn funny guy. Somehow wresting the Scream spotlight from the frothing lunatic that is Matthew Lillard and capably presenting a consistently amusing TV series (The Jamie Kennedy Experiment), it's clear that Jamie has some solid comedy chops. But that trailer. Hoo boy.
The movie centers on affluent spoiled 'wigger' B-Rad and his politician Daddy's attempts at having "the black scared out of him". To this end, Dad's campaign manager hires two black actors to pose as 'gangstas' while staging a phony B-rad kidnapping.
What makes Malibu's Most Wanted worthy of your eight bucks is that it tweaks and mocks those racial stereotypes that movies like Head of State and Bringing Down the House use as currency. Plus Taye Diggs (as one of the 'whitest' black characters you'll ever see) steals scene after scene. If you'd have told me that Taye Diggs would one day earn a dozen solid laughs from me, I'd have thought you insane. The guy runs away with the movie and his presence alone makes it a fun time.
This is a paper-thin farce made most logically for the teenage crowd, yet there are several moments that will keep the adults entertained. B-Rad's likening of the urban ghetto to 'the public all up on your private beach' had me giggling for about five minutes. Other moviegoers started looking at me with annoyed glances.
If you're looking for something artistic and brilliantly conceived, I suggest you look elsewhere. But there's something to be said for a straight sitcom flick that delivers the laughs. Since humor is highly subjective, your Chuckle Mileage may vary, but I give this one a solid recommendation and do so without a second thought. It's not as clever as last year's Undercover Brother but it's nice to see a few Race Comedies that don't leer, pander and suck.Hardly Shakespeare but oh well. I laughed a lot.