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    Posted April 18, 2003 -- "What makes you think you know what's going down in the hood anyway?"
    "BET."

    And with that piece of dialogue between Anthony Anderson and Jamie Kennedy, "Malibu's Most Wanted" joins "Undercover Brother" as being one of the more subversively funny, if not over-the-top, comedies in the last year. That's not to say that "Malibu" is perfect or even as consistently funny as "Brother," but in a time when folks flock to watch Blackness defined by how ghetto fabulous Queen Latifah can be, it's nice to see someone pull back the curtain on racial authenticity.



    "Malibu" follows the life of Brad Gluckman (Kennedy), the son of a wealthy Malibu gubernatorial candidate, who acts, talks and walks "Black." More specifically, he, like millions of real White suburban kids, is enamored with hip-hop's gangsta mentality and believes that with the right clothes, car and slang, he can be Black, too. If not Black, he can at least achieve his greatest wish - to become the best rapper of all time. Unfortunately, B-Rad sucks, and literally can't string two sentences together. He's Eminem minus talent and blue-collar roots (Oh, wait ... that's Vanilla Ice).

    His father's campaign manager, played with refreshing venom by Blair Underwood, feels B-Rad's ******-stance will ruin the candidacy and hatches a plan that only works on TV shows -- or movies based on TV shows like this one. He hires two professional actors, Taye Diggs and Anderson, to act like thugs, car-jack B-Rad and scare him straight by stranding him in the hood.

    This is where "Malibu's" real beauty kicks in. Like B-Rad, Sean (Diggs) and P.J. (Anderson) are middle-class folks who learn to act "Black" from watching TV and "Menace II Society." One the film's highlights shows the two getting into character and pondering the correct use of the word "beeyotch." And while we've all seen movies where the middle-class Black guy's authenticity is questioned simply because he can't use Ebonics ("Mo' Money," "Double Take," etc.), "Malibu" gets to the heart of the manner by showing that sometimes Blackness is just an act - a collection of style, slang and movement being packaged and sold to everyone via three-minute music videos. The sad thing is, it's not just White people buying it.

    Diggs ramps up the comedic promise he showed in "Brown Sugar" and really stands out here, outshining the normally dominant comic presence Anderson, and even Kennedy. Unfortunately, Diggs and Anderson play their characters as, well let's just say it, questionably suspect, and quietly cement the notion that any Black male not affiliated with the hood can't be a real man.

    Regina Hall ("Scary Movie," "Paid In Full") is Shondra, P.J.'s cousin who lures B-Rad out of Malibu and into Compton based on a promise of meeting Dr. Dre (who she says she knows from the swap-meets). Ironically, once in the hood, it's P.J. and Sean who feel out of place, while B-Rad looks like he's in Disneyland. In a truly funny scene, B-Rad finally gets a chance to show off his skills in a freestyle battle that directly parodies "8 Mile." However, unlike Em, B-Rad isn't smart enough to know that despite his clothes, slang and ride, he still can't say "*****."

    The film eventually becomes a comedy of errors as Shondra's ex, a real thug played by yet another Wayans brother (Damien), mistakes B-Rad for her man and gets jealous. And while this is a comedy, "Malibu" almost becomes science fiction when it asks us to buy a true romance between Shondra and B-Rad. But like Mekhi Phifer's character in "8 Mile," Shondra is there to support B-Rad and to encourage him to just "be himself" - a tall order for someone whose admitted he's borrowed his persona from Nelly videos and "Grand Theft Auto."

    If some of the film's edge is dulled by conventional comedic set-ups (again we have Black folks who unquestioningly accept a White boy as down just because he wears his cap to the side) and a laughable love story, "Malibu" makes up for it by at least entertaining the notion that Blackness can be more (or less) than your throwback jersey and how well you incorporate "izzle" into a sentence.


    note: I didn't make up the title of the headline that was of bet's choosing.

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    eh..
    Thank You. Post Again. Just Not Here. The End.

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      I aint readin all that shit

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      • #4
        i did.. its just a dumb movie review about how black people took in this white boy just because he had his hat turned side ways.. dumb
        Thank You. Post Again. Just Not Here. The End.

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          Originally posted by inky69er
          I aint readin all that shit

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