Undercover Brother (30-May-2002)|
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writers: John Ridley; Michael McCullers
Original Music by: Stanley Clarke
Producers: Brian Grazer; Michael Jenkinson; Damon Lee
Keywords: Action/Comedy, Espionage, Spoof
A secret agent for an all-black collective heads into action to stop "The Man" from ruining a black Presidential candidacy.
Anton Jackson is a secret agent performing work for the all-black B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., a group locked in a never-ending battle against "The Man"'s hegemonic all-white control of the establishment. When "The Man" attempts to derail black American general Warren Boatwell's bid for the Presidency through a smear campaign, Anton jumps into action as the "Undercover Brother" alongside partner Sistah Girl to undermine "The Man" and save Boatwell's hide.
|Eddie Griffin|| ... Undercover Brother|
|Chris Kattan|| ... Mr. Feather|
|Denise Richards|| ... White She Devil|
|Dave Chappelle|| ... Conspiracy Brother|
|Aunjanue Ellis|| ... Sistah Girl|
|Chi McBride|| ... The Chief|
|Neil Patrick Harris|| ... Lance|
|Jack Noseworthy|| ... Mr. Elias|
|Gary Anthony Williams|| ... Smart Brother|
|Jim O'Connor|| ... Chad|
|Susie Spear|| ... Bonnie|
|Billy Dee Williams|| ... Gen. Boutwell|
|Robert Trumbull|| ... The Man|
|J. D. Hall|| ... Narrator (voice)|
|William Taylor|| ... Roscoe|
|Shauna MacDonald|| ... Wendy|
|Ron Pardo|| ... Chuck|
|Dave Pearce|| ... Reporter|
|Liz West|| ... Reporter|
|Enid-Raye Adams|| ... Reporter|
|Divine Earth Essense|| ... GFC Jingle Singer|
|Jenni Burke|| ... GFC Jingle Singer|
|Keisha T. Fraser|| ... GFC Jingle Singer|
|James C. Mathis|| ... GFC Announcer (voice)|
|Troy Taylor|| ... Li'l UB|
|Robert Townsend|| ... Mr. UB|
|Gina Sorell|| ... Multinational Receptionist|
|James Brown|| ... Himself|
|Simon Reynolds|| ... Golfer|
|Kenner Ames|| ... Golfer|
|Lee Smart|| ... Golf Cart Guard|
|David Sparrow|| ... Golf Cart Guard|
|Randy Butcher|| ... Bank Security Guard|
|Bryan Thomas|| ... Bank Security Guard|
|Tig Fong|| ... White She Devil's Enforcer|
|Darrin McGuire|| ... White She Devil's Enforcer|
|Marvin Kaye|| ... Fortress Security|
|L. J. Vasilantonakis|| ... Fortress Security|
|Paul Rapovski|| ... Fortress Security|
|Layton Morrison|| ... Fortress Security|
|Marco Bianco|| ... Fortress Security|
|Nick Alachiotis|| ... Fortress Security|
|Peter Szkoda|| ... Fortress Security|
|Wayne Downer|| ... Fortress Security|
|Bryan Renfro|| ... Fortress Security|
Review by Cassandra (posted on 16-Feb-2005)
I have never really been a fan of Eddie Griffin, but this is one of the best parody films I have ever seen! Undercover Brother had all the right moves, all the right clothes, and a plot that was right on! This film was careful not to overdo its jabs at racism and inequality, but hit the mark with its social commentary that made the final cut.
Griffin was a great super hero in the only way that would ever be believable for him... straight out of the 70's complete with all the accessories. Had the film tried to make Griffin some other type of super hero (modern, from another planet, etc.) it would not have worked. He owned this role.
The comedic timing of all the characters was perfect and their chemistry blended very well on film. Chris Kattan was hilarious as the sub-villian. He overplayed his character with perfection, which matched very well with Griffin's over-the-top "Super Black Man".
The play on words, including the names of the supporting characters was excellent. Griffin's constant battle with his consciousness over black and white women was very believable and only slightly insulting (I am a single AA woman in her mid-30's). The fact that there was grains of truth sprinkled throughout the movie (particularly the interracial dating issue) made the whole thing even funnier. Great soundtrack, too.
After weeks of pleading from a friend, I finally/reluctantly decided to watch Undercover Brother when it was shown on cable. One time and I was hooked! I watched it at least 25 times before I decided that I needed a copy of my own to watch whenever I wanted. I am proud to say that I paid full-price for the DVD at a video rental store. I am a strong believer in supporting African-American art with my wallet as well as my words.
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