Movie Reviews: White Chicks




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     Columbia Tristar
     Two FBI Agents go undercover as female, high society debutantes to investigate a kidnapping plot.
     Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Terry Crews, Jamie King, Frankie Faison
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Samantha Ofole

Marlon and Shawn Wayans are FBI agents Marcus and Kevin Copeland on the verge of losing their jobs after foiling a major drug bust in New York City. When a plot to kidnap socialite sisters Brittany and Tiffany Wilson is discovered, they are assigned to safely deliver the sisters from the airport to their Hamptons’ hotel. A simple enough task which ends in disaster when Kevin’s attempt to keep Tiffany’s pampered pooch ‘Baby’ in the car, ends in a minor accident. Not so minor for the sisters who end up with facial scratches and refuse to continue to the Hamptons’ with their ‘hideous scars’ as it ruins their chances to be featured on the cover of Hamptons’ Magazine. Marcus and Kevin then hatch a plan to go undercover as the sisters, snare the kidnappers and keep their jobs.

Both Marlon and Shawn are impressive as young, rich, white heiresses and seem to have perfected their onscreen chemistry. Their jokes, mostly ad lib ensues laughter and their usual stagnant facial gags seem somewhat refreshing. Terry Crews (Friday After Next) brings a very colorful addition as the snazzy Latrell Spencer, a star athlete with a hefty sexual appetite and recycled pick up lines such as, "Once you go black, you’II need a wheelchair." His pursuit of Marcus who he thinks is Tiffany Wilson is equally as hilarious. There is a dance competition between the socialites at the club and a very funny verbal tirade between the Vandergelds and the Wilson sisters. Arch rivals in the socialite scene. Not since Soul Man has this type of humor been explored effectively and White Chicks has done it well, with an excellent job of displaying a range of comical inoffensive stereotypes. The plot is somewhat far fetched and very paper thin, but in its efforts to lightly entertain, this flick scores highly, for it effectively delivers its genre exceedingly well. This is a must see for fans of the Wayans brothers who are familiar with their comedic brand and style.



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