starring Eddie Griffin, James Brown, Chris Kattan, Denise Richards
screenplay by John Ridley and Michael McCullers
directed by Malcolm D. Lee
by Walter Chaw A comedy with ideas, courage, and intelligence, Malcolm D. Lee's follow-up to his surprisingly good The Best Man is the blaxploitation riff Undercover Brother--and man, when it's right, it's really right. Unfortunately, it's only right about half of the time. Its digs at racial stereotypes and dedication to honouring the images and conceits of black cinema from the Seventies are dead on-target for the most part, while its attempts to marry it all into some sort of spy plot are subject to the same extended dull spots suffered by any dinosaur Bond flick. All is forgiven, though, when Eddie Griffin, as the titular afro-super-agent, splashes through a window like Dolemite, does a "white man's" dance while singing a karaoke version of "Ebony and Ivory" (with über-bimbo Denise Richards, not in on the joke), and navigates his caddy through a tailspin without spilling a drop of his orange soda.