Undercover Brother (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
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Right from the opening credits with the '70s styling and retro alphabet they used, right through to the the few comedy snippets in the closing credits (stay and watch how Undercover Brother parks his car!), the movie will have you hooked and keep you hooked.
A cross between those '70s movies, James Bond, and even a touch of "Naked Gun", "Undercover Brother" really delivers the laughs, as the pure 1970's retro and funky Undercover Brother joins up with the BROTHERHOOD to stop the evil plans of "The Man" and his henchmen. Billy Dee Williams plays a Colin Powell-like war hero who is in line to become the first black President before The Man steps in to stop him, and James Brown cameos.
What makes the movie work so well is that, instead of getting all PC and shying away from racial stereotypes, the film throws them right in your face to show just how stupid they are. Another thing I like is that the film does not just center on the stereotypes that white people have; stereotypes that black people have about whites get -- er, equal treatment, so to speak. This gives the film an even-handed approach, where most filmmakers would have just tried to get mileage out of '70s jokes, or jokes aimed at white people.
I noted that the audience was equally mixed at the showing I went to see, and the African Americans laughed just as hard as me, if not harder.Read more ›
The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. sends it's top Agents Undercover Brother and Sistah Girl out after General Boutwell has been kidapped and brainwashed to uncritically accept mainstream white culture. The agents must find the substance responsible for the transformation, stop The Man from producing/distributing it, and then reverse the effects of "Opperation Whitewash". Undercover Brother must also watch out for the deadly powers of 'White She Devil' (Dennise Richards).
Best known as 'Doogie Howser' Neil Patrick Harris does an excellent job as Lance, the International Brotherhood's token white guy. Because Lance is one of those 'effeminate' men he cannot exploit black people the way other white men (such as those working for The Man) do. Lance initially considers himself an open-minded person, but this internship teaches him there is still lots of injustice in the world---and he has a role to play in working against it. Having grown up watching Harris on the small screen, seeing his range of comedic acting in this film was a pleasure.
The only thing seemingly out of kilter was the inclusion of Michael Jackson's 1980's hit "Beat It" in the climactic fight scene near the movie's end. Both the 1970's feel of the movie and Jackson's current status as racially ambigious make that track selection puzzling. Surely there was simmilar mood music from the 1970's.
The star plays a convincing role, Chris Kattan really put a lot into his character, and Denise Richards is as adorable as ever. And even a bit part for Neil Patrick Harris. Plus funk after funk on the soundtrack. You'll want to watch it again and again.
Undercover Brother is hired by a secret African American organization that wants to dismantle the Man's organization whose mission is the destroy the soul of the African American race by the distribution of fried chicken. The Man's organization has drugged a Colin Powell like general played by Billie Dee Williams who was all set to run for the office of President. Instead, the General opens up a chain of fried chicken stores. The goal is rescue the General and save the African American race.
The Chief of the secret African American organization is a serious dude but somewhat twisted. His employees play characters that poke fun at African American and white stereotypes. Conspriracy Brother is convinced that everything is a plot by the White Man. Smart Brother has the mind of a genius that everyone would envy and a body that no one would want. Sistah Girl is the beautiful sistah who changes her looks every five minutes. There's the white affirmative action employee who appears that he was hired for a quota, but really wasn't.
The Man's messager is a white dude who believes in the Man. However, he can't shake off the influence of African American culture. He has rhythm and he can rap at a moment's notice.
She-Devil is a beautiful white woman who is the Black man's kryponite. Her goal is to destroy Undercover Brother with her charm and beauty. Does she succeed? Hmm...that's for you to find out.
With a hilarious message, it will keep you laughing. While at the time, it subtley examines the silliness of African American and white stereotypes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pokes fun at racial n cultural idiosyncrasies but still manages to keep it classy. Largely because of the cast. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Gautam Chindarkar
Loved this movie since I was younger :) good for some laughsPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Saw this movie couple years ago and the jokes and one liners are stiil funnyPublished 26 days ago by cgold
Eddie Griffin is hysterical as undercover brother!! Fight the Man with the Brotherhood & Undercover Brother!!! Must watch!!Published 2 months ago by Abby's Mom
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