Director Malcolm Lee tries his hand at an African-American version of "Undercover Brother" and fails miserably. Eddie Griffin, Dave Chappelle, Denise Richards and Chris Kattan star in this cluttered and relatively unfunny homage to 1970's action movies.
Griffing stars as Undercover Brother, a man with "style" and an afro; he'd be cool if he lived in the 1970's. However, it's present day and The Man is at it again, trying to conquer the wills of black men once and for all. He seems to have won, for the first black Presidential candidate has resigned from the election and has decided to open up a fried chicken restaurant chain instead. Of course, the chicken has a toxin in it that makes all black men subservient to white people.
Some might complain that this movie should be compared to "Austin Powers," but since it has essentially the same idea in mind, it is hard not to. "Austin Powers" if funny; "Undercover Brother" is not. "Austin Powers" actually made fun of the era, whereas here Griffin struts around in his zany attire without as much as a glance. This was the big selling point of "Austin Powers," and "Undercover Brother" just lacks the cleverness. Sure, there are times when I laughed, but for the most part I was just extremely disappointed and bored.
Some people might find something in "Undercover Brother," but for a white, 20-year old college student, this one was just pure crap.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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