Undercover Brother review

My score: 7 out of 10.

Now, before you ask if I'm high on something, just wait. No one, not even me, expected "Undercover Brother" to be a good movie. By "good" I mean, of a cinematic quality. "Undercover Brother" is the kind of movie you go to just for a laugh, and if it makes you laugh, it's done its job. So how did "Undercover Brother" make me laugh. Well, that's the part that's coming up.

In "UB" (I'm not typing "Undercover Brother" countless more times during this review), Eddie Griffin plays a 70's-obsessed secret agent, foiling white opression throughout the world. What he doesn't know is that there's a group, known as The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., doing the same thing, fighting a battle against "The Man" (yes, the villian in the movie is "The Man"). The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. recruits UB to join their cause and fight "The Man," who has unleashed a plot to take down black people via mind control.

The rest of the plot is inconsequential. In essence, the plot only serves to set up the next joke, and does so quite well. Some of the jokes border on offensive, but they don't come off that way, and people of all races are targeted (in fact, some of the funniest gags in the movie center around Chris Kattan's Mr. Feather trying to avoid using "black" slang or dancing along to hip-hop).

Guest spots by Billy Dee Williams and James Brown are hilarious, and Dave Chappelle is outstanding as the high, paranoid "Consipiracy Brother."

Look, let's be honest here. No one's winning any awards for "UB" (well, maybe some MTV movie awards, but those don't count). But it's extremely funny, much like the first Austin Powers movie. And just like those films, "UB" has the opportunity to become a franchise. With a little tweaking of the main characters (the act of "The Chief" (Chi McBride, "Boston Public") wore thin after a while), it could be quite a successful franchise.

And I swear, I'm not high, nor was I when I saw it.

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