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Foxy Brown Review


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Pam Grier's most notorious role as the title character in Foxy Brown is a cult classic that's best enjoyed with your tongue firmly in cheek and your political correctness gene locked out in the backyard. Stilted acting, absurd sexual shenanigans, and enough hair and wardrobe changes to keep a dozen costumers busy all combine to create a memorable and quite silly moviegoing experience. Plot is minimal: Foxy is looking for revenge when her boyfriend gets shot. And what Foxy wants, she gets. Meanwhile, we get a "whole lotta woman," and not much else.

The Fortune Cookie Review


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This very funny Billy Wilder comedy actually stands as the first on-screen pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and Matthau took home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Whiplash Willie, a shyster attorney who convinces his cameraman brother-in-law (Lemmon) to sue the NFL when he's injured a football game, exaggerating his injuries. A bit long (over two hours), but Wilder's use of title cards to present numbered "chapters" keeps things moving along pretty well. The banter between Lemmon and Matthau is, as always, priceless.
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