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Undercover Brother  

Universal - 3.7 Stars

There is a white dude called “The Man” who together with his top henchmen Mr. Feather (Chris Kattan) is trying to ruin a black candidate's presidential campaign in the action comedy Undercover Brother. How you ask. By spiking fried chicken with a drug that turns people into zombies. The first to get zapped is General Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams) who had a very good chance of becoming the first black president until now. It’s very bad. Can you dig it. Something has to be done and fast.

But not to worry cause Undercover Brother (Eddie Griffin) together with the secret good organization called the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. are on the case.

Besides Undercover Brother, the team consists of The Chief (Chi McBride), Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis), Conspiracy Brother (David Chappelle), Smart Brother (Gary Anthony Williams) and the white intern Lance (Neil Patrick Harris). Say solid man and raise your fist in the air.

With their help, Undercover Brother must trade his Afro and platforms to Khakis and go disguised as a geek to infiltrate the enemy. It doesn’t take long for Mr. Feather to discover what’s going on and to send White She Devil/Penelope Snow (Denise Richards) to take care of him.

If you didn’t get it yet, Undercover Brother is a spoof on the 1970’s Shaft type black exploitation films and the disco music of that time brought to modern America. It is similar to what Austin Powers did to the 1960’s James Bond type films. Undercover Brother even has James Bond type of gadgets.

The film makes fun of the typical outrageous stereotypes such as the white man who can’t dance and the black man who prefers white girls.

Full of outrageous shtick as Undercover Brother demonstrates his martial arts abilities, his skill with women and his coolness. There is also a popping sound track that include such artists as James Brown, Kool & The Gang, O’Jays, NSYNC, Mary J. Blige and Rose Royce. Song titles include “Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud”, “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)”, “General’s Fried Chicken” and “Jungle Boogie”.

If you are into really silly and stupid comedies then you will probably find plenty to laugh about in Undercover Brother. You might just get a super funk vibe out of it.

Gil Benzeevi

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