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Undercover Brother (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 31 May 2002 (USA)
When "The Man" tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue.

Director:

Malcolm D. Lee

Writers:

John Ridley (internet series), John Ridley (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Griffin ... Undercover Brother / Anton Jackson
Chris Kattan ... Mr. Feather
Denise Richards ... White She Devil
Aunjanue Ellis ... Sistah Girl
Dave Chappelle ... Conspiracy Brother
Chi McBride ... The Chief
Neil Patrick Harris ... Lance
Gary Anthony Williams ... Smart Brother
Billy Dee Williams ... Gen. Warren Boutwell
Jack Noseworthy ... Mr. Elias
Robert Trumbull Robert Trumbull ... The Man
J.D. Hall ... Narrator (voice)
William S. Taylor ... Roscoe the Barber (as William Taylor)
Shauna MacDonald ... Wendy Marshall - TV Anchor
Ron Pardo Ron Pardo ... Chuck
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Storyline

A white faceless corporate despot known only as "The Man", has the power to unleash a terrifying top-secret weapon: an irresistibly packaged psycho-hallucinogenic drug that will reduce the entire population to mindless zombies. but black folks have soul. But with enough funky sense of style, a smooth way with the ladies and an absolute hunger for justice, with his Bruce Lee moves, Cadillac attitude and an arsenal of outrageous disguises and gadgets, Undercover Brother is recruited by the group of Good Guys, know as the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. an all-black justice league to foil the Man's plan to derail a Colin Powell-like presidential candidate, and Undercover Brother's undercover exploits keep the slim plot moving. But while he and his sassy cat-fighting partner known as Sistah Girl tries to find out what's going on, the leader's ruthless right arm, Mr. Feather, discovers the conspiracy's sexy secret weapon, Penelope Snow. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Taglines:

He's All Action

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor, drug content and campy violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brat na tajnom zadatku See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,037,685, 2 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,230,435, 14 July 2002
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Undercover Brother first meets Sistah Girl in his bedroom he coins the phrase "get the body slamming and get to jamming", a play on the lyrics of "U Got The Look" by Prince - a distant cousin of Eddie Griffin. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, the amount of orange soda in Undercover Brother's Big Gulp changes from full, to half-full, to tip-top full again. See more »

Quotes

Conspiracy Brother: Smart brother? Am I gonna die?
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Crazy Credits

Late in the credits, White She-Devil drops by while Undercover Brother is with Sistah Girl. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the UK DVD release Universal chose to cut 14 sec. from the outtakes (two uses of very strong language) to keep the "12" rating. An uncut "15" was available. See more »

Connections

References Ally McBeal (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written and Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Hilarious but not for the easily offended
21 July 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

If you find 'Family Guy', 'Married ... with Children' or even 'The Simpsons' to be in bad taste, you may want to avoid this movie. If you found 'Good Times' and 'What's Happening!' to be stereotypical and buffoonish, you probably won't like this movie.

If you are still reading ...

According to this movie, African Americans have made numerous advances as a result of the Civil Rights movement. But a powerful Caucasian male known as 'The Man', whose face we never see, wants to put black people back in their place.

Which is why the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. must stop him.

If there was such a person as 'The Man', he could have written this movie.

Eddie Griffin did quite a good job in what were essentially two roles. Most of the time, he had the giant afro and the cool clothes and the classic Cadillac pumping out funky 70s music as he represented everything good (or bad, depending on your view) about the 'blaxploitiation' genre. And he worked undercover as Anton Jackson wearing a suit and acting more white than I do. A very good contrast, showing a lot of acting skill.

Billy Dee Williams nailed the potential presidential candidate obviously based on Colin Powell, who was acting very strange for some reason. Not quite stereotypical, because he was always dignified--but shouldn't have been. His advertising campaign was hilarious!

Denise Richards and Aunjanue Ellis also gave good performances as the two female partners of Undercover Brother--one when he was black, and one when he was undercover.

Chi McBride and Gary Anthony Williams were very funny as two of Undercover Brother's associates. And Dave Chappelle was very stereotypical, very racist, but very funny--it was just satire, after all. Neil Patrick Harris did quite a good job as the organization's token white. And let's not forget the one associate of 'The Man' who seemed to want to be black and even acted black at times. That must have been Chris Kattan.

With all these talented actors, there were of course very clever writers to make the material so hilarious. It takes real talent to produce satire as opposed to just being mean-spirited.

The music was good too, for this type of movie. I personally would like to have heard Jay-Z do Lawrence Welk. Or maybe not. Today's artists don't often sound as good as, say, Rod Stewart. I'm not hopeless, though. I can't stand Michael Bolton or Celine Dion or, even though he wasn't mentioned but could have been, Kenny G. For some reason I do like 'Jungle Boogie' by Kool and the Gang.

I highly recommend this movie for fans of satire.


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