Keep in mind that this review is being written by someone who saw the movie at the $1 entry place. So, my standards are probably a litle lower than if I had paid full entry. I had been forewarned that some parts of this movie might be seen as racist. Actually, the racists in the movie (& there were way too many to be realistic) were so ridiculously over the top that the idea was obviously to show stupidity behind racism. Nevertheless, some scenes might be viewed as offensive.
Despite the possible offensive racism (caveat: racism is ALWAYS offensive, but the movie was rather obviously going for the dark humor), one thing really stuck in my craw about this movie. There's a scene where Steve Martin (a lawyer) is telling Queen Latifah that she really has some brains on her & is obviously able to understand complicated legal cases. He then comments, "You should become a paralegal." Now, THAT was offensive when he could have stated that she should become an attorney. Bah, humbug on the "men at the top, keep the women down, glass-ceiling philosophy."
On the other hand, it was worth the price of the movie (well, hey, it was only $1) to see the fiftiesh Steve Martin decked out in "street" clothes, dancing to rap music.
As usual, Steve Martin brought his elastic-face brand of comedy to the scene. Queen Latifah, however, certainly held her own against him.
There's just no one quite like Queen. She really is big & and beautiful in a way that makes skinny girls look TOO thin (& how often does that happen?). I loved the seen between Queen & Steve's sister-in-law when they fought, although the fight was a bit of gratituous violence. At least, the stick-thin gorgeous sister-in-law was shown to hold her own (almost to the finish) in the fight.
Bottom line is that the movie was worth the $1 for a night of a few laughs, especially when some of those laughs were the gut-wrenching belly guffaws.
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