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John Witherspoon - 9th Annual Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival at James L Knight Center in Miami at James L. Knight Center - Miami, Florida, United States - Sunday 29th May 2016

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John Witherspoon - John Witherspoon departs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at LAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 30th September 2015

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Tommy Davidson and John Witherspoon - Comedian Leslie Big Les Jones, Actor/Comedian Tommy Davidson and Actor/Comedian John Witherspoon Sunday 27th May 2012 backstage during 5th Annual Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival at the James L. Knight Center

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John Witherspoon and Ed Sullivan Theatre Wednesday 22nd February 2012 Celebrities arrive at The Ed Sullivan Theatre for 'The Late Show with David Letterman'

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John Witherspoon and Ed Sullivan Theatre

A Thousand Words Trailer


Jack McCall is a literary agent who has a way with words. He knows just what to say to use any situation to his advantage. For example: after joining a long queue at his favourite coffee shop, Jack became impatient and faked an emergency phone call in order to get himself to the front.

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John Witherspoon Sunday 24th May 2009 performs live during the 2nd Annual Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival held at the James L Knight Center Miami, Florida

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Little Man (2006) Review


Terrible
Not even White Chicks can prepare you for the badness brought on by Little Man. This "Li'l Bubba's House" is my early Razzie favorite and definitely the worst theatrical release so far this year. Its awfulness stems primarily from its central conceit, so before like a ravenous lion I tear at its vulnerable wildebeest flesh, a brief synopsis is appropriate.Calvin Sims (Marlon Wayans) is a little criminal, "little" being the operative word. At just three feet of height and with a silky smooth face, he is known in the underworld as "Baby Face" Sims. On the day of his release from prison, Calvin teams up with his partner Percy P (Tracy Morgan) to rob a jewelry store of the giant Queen Diamond. The diamond inadvertently ends up in the hands of Vanessa (Kerry Washington) and Darryl Edwards (Shawn Wayans) who unknowingly escort it to their home in the Chicago suburbs. Calvin utilizes his "little man" status to bluff his way into the Edwards household, pretending to be a baby to get himself close to the misplaced prize. Of course, hilarity ensues when the Edwardses grow attached to Calvin and start to treat him as they would their own baby boy. Bring on the rectal thermometers!Wait. Hilarity? Wrong word. Typo. Error. The more apt choice would be banality, or even creepiness. Little Man is a project misconceived on every possible level. The most prominent of these levels is also the most central: Calvin, the little man himself. The entire time I watched I could not shake the feeling that something was seriously wrong with the very idea of the movie. It isn't just that there isn't a funny moment in the thing or that every character is less than paper thin, there was something sorely wrong with the concept of attaching an adult's head to a child's body. Here we have a "man child" having sex with his supposed mother, clutching at giant fake breasts and growling every time he sees a firm buttock. It was plainly irksome. However, if that doesn't seem wrong to you, and the idea of Marlon Wayans' head on a little body is fine, certainly the shoddy execution will offend. The visual effects team have literally transposed footage of Wayans performing each scene onto the body of a child actor performing the same scenes with the cast. The result is seam-full and distracting. Laugh-free moments such as Calvin sticking his tongue down the throat of a hot blonde, played by Brittany Daniel, are made that much worse by the poor quality of the visual effects. It all lends an otherworldliness to Calvin: He is the oddest and most unsettling child, man, thing, to hit cinemas for a long time. I include recent and past Damiens in that calculation.One could forgive bad effects and cringing characterizations if the movie was at all funny. It isn't. The closest it comes to humor is a running gag about white people viewing black people as criminals. Not exactly fresh and as a running gag runs out of puff the second of about thirty times it is repeated. The entire movie is similarly stale. Director Keenen Ivory Wayans chooses locations and colors for the film that are noticeably drab. He also demonstrates an amateurish tendency to let some scenes (Calvin pooping his pants for example) outstay their welcome while cutting away from others at the most inappropriate of times. Shawn Wayans as Calvin's newfound father figure is bland, while Kerry Washington as the mother has her smile set to high beam and her performance is garishly overplayed to match.Little Man is a depressing experience that critics will rightly savage. I have no doubt however that our cries will fall on deaf ears. Orthodontic surgery would be more fun than watching this, but some will still venture, cash in hand, to the weird and wonder-less world of this latest Wayans Brothers mess. Money will be made, minds will be lessened and much to my chagrin, future Wayans green lights will be lit.Whatcha talkin' 'bout, Mini-Me?

Friday After Next Review


Terrible
There are many virtues to Ice Cube. He can somehow record albums, perform at shows, and appear as the token gangster in a million bad movies. Also, in the case of Friday After Next, he finds the time to write, produce, and star in a story about stupid cops, racial stereotypes, bad jokes, weed, and a kleptomaniac Santa.

Don't ask.

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Next Friday Review


Weak
I usually don't like sequels. The mind-numbing rehash of characters; the bad puns that related to subject matter from the original film; the vain attempt at trying to create something "new and fresh" that turns into an overstuffed turkey and usually follows the same blueprint. I mean, who the hell gave the OK for such films as The Crow 2 and Universal Solider: The Return. Only a few films, which I can probably count on my right hand, have equaled or surpassed the original -- The Empire Strikes Back, Godfather II. When I walked into Next Friday, I must admit I carried this feeling in with me. When I walked out, I wasn't surprised by my reaction to the film.

Let me make one thing clear before I proceed. I loved the original Friday. The inner city setting gave such a rich backdrop to a wonderful ensemble of interesting and colorful characters. The interactions of these characters let the film breathe life back into the territory previously covered by the Hughes Brothers and John Singleton, and then ridiculed by the Wayans Clan. The film also introduced the directing debut of F. Gary Gray and the acting debut of Chris Tucker. Ice Cube, one of the original writers and producers of Friday, tries to recapture the innocence and originality of the previous film but ends up failing by not producing the same even-flow of character interaction and storyline so prevalent in the original.

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Dr Dolittle 2 Review


OK

"Dr. Dolittle 2" is one of those comedy sequels slapped together by a lazy screenwriter who thinks as long he's scattered a significant number of good laughs here and there, the clumsy carelessness of the mechanical and pandering plot should be forgiven.

It is consistently funny and occasionally downright hilarious, thanks entirely to its ample supply of wisecracking critters. But the story needs a lame voice-over as a crutch to get from Point A to Point B (sample: "...and so the big day finally came...") and the plot lurches forward on a gimmick and a prayer. Director Steve Carr ("Next Friday") seems to assume his young target audience isn't bright enough to notice such things and that their parents will excuse him with the mantra "it's just a kid's movie."

The gimmicky plot concerns Dr. Dolittle (Eddie Murphy reprising his 1998 role), the San Francisco physician who can talk to the animals, trying to get two endangered-species bears to mate because their proliferation will legally block a fiendish lumber company from clear-cutting their Northern California forest home. (The gimmick also serves as a heavy-handed, politically correct sermon, seemingly obligatory in half-baked kiddie flicks.)

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Friday After Next Review


Weak

After writing and starring in the funny homeboys-and-hemp comedies "Friday" and "Next Friday," rapper-actor Ice Cube isn't quite out of ripe screwball ideas, but "Friday After Next" spreads them pretty thin. In fact, the "Pink Panther"-styled cartoon opening credits are the biggest laugh in the movie.

Story proper begins with slapstick cousins Craig (Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) back in Compton after spending the last film in the suburbs. Desperate for rent money after a "ghetto Santa" breaks into their apartment at Christmas time, swiping presents and cash, the guys take seasonal security jobs at a dilapidated strip mall where their grumpy, squabbling dads (John Witherspoon and Don "D.C." Curry) have a barbecue joint.

Armed with nothing but a second-hand uniform and a whistle, thickwit Day-Day thinks he's suddenly a supercop, rousting church-lady carolers for loitering, but running away from gangbangers when he rubs them the wrong way. Meanwhile Craig has his eye on a drop-dead gorgeous salesgirl (K.D. Aubert) at the strip's new clothing outlet, Pimps & Hos. (Other stores include Holy Moly Donuts, check cashing, liquor and 94-cent stores, and Toyz in the Hood.)

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The Ladies Man Review


OK

It's been eight years since a "Saturday Night Live" skit spawned a feature film that wasn't an outright embarrassment -- but while "Ladies Man," the latest of the bunch, is no "Wayne's World," it has more and better laughs than "Superstar," "A Night at the Roxybury" and "Coneheads" combined.

True, that's not a ringing endorsement. In fact, this slight and uneven flick isn't the kind of thing you want to drop $8 on at the multiplex. It's more an inspiration rental, so now that it's on video, I say go for it.

While the script is of the construction paper and Elmer's Glue variety, Tim Meadows does a bang-up job of turning his out-of-touch mack daddy character from a one-joke sketch premise into a likable goofball lothario who is entertaining for the better part of the movie's 87 minutes.

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Soul Plane Review


Good

It may be crude, it may be lewd, it's certainly slapdash and stupid, but the steadily and readily hilarious "Soul Plane" stays in the air on nothing but a jet-powered fuel of out-loud laughs from very lowbrow comedy.

The flick takes place onboard the maiden flight of NWA, the first black-owned airline, started by an obnoxious layabout (the forgettable Kevin Hart) who trots out a sob story and wins an excessive $100 million award in a lawsuit against another air carrier after getting stuck in 747 toilet. (Well, that and a luggage compartment depressurized in flight, sucking his checked dog into an engine.)

It's a plotless premise on which to hang a string of largely unrelated gags, but with such a traffic jam of ribald cultural raillery, the movie actually is at its worst when newbie director Jessy Terrero tries to shoehorn in an off-the-shelf romantic subplot between the jokes.

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Next Friday Review


OK

The problem with low-brow comedies is that at some point most of them have to stop being funny to resolve their plots.

This is certainly true of "Next Friday," Ice Cube's sequel to his 1995 sleeper hit about a strutting South Centralite who finally bests the neighborhood bully in a fisticuffs finale.

For its first hour, "Next Friday" is a seat-bouncing scream with a good, hard laugh almost every minute, as Craig (Ice Cube) is forced to flee to the suburbs when Debo the bully (stray-eyed Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.) escapes from the pokey and comes looking for him.

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A Thousand Words Trailer

A Thousand Words Trailer

Jack McCall is a literary agent who has a way with words. He knows just...

Little Man (2006) Movie Review

Little Man (2006) Movie Review

Not even White Chicks can prepare you for the badness brought on by Little Man....

Friday After Next Movie Review

Friday After Next Movie Review

There are many virtues to Ice Cube. He can somehow record albums, perform at...

Next Friday Movie Review

Next Friday Movie Review

I usually don't like sequels. The mind-numbing rehash of characters; the bad puns that...

Dr Dolittle 2 Movie Review

Dr Dolittle 2 Movie Review

"Dr. Dolittle 2" is one of those comedy sequels slapped together by a lazy screenwriter...

Friday After Next Movie Review

Friday After Next Movie Review

After writing and starring in the funny homeboys-and-hemp comedies "Friday" and "Next Friday," rapper-actor Ice...

The Ladies Man Movie Review

The Ladies Man Movie Review

It's been eight years since a "Saturday Night Live" skit spawned a feature film that...

Next Friday Movie Review

Next Friday Movie Review

The problem with low-brow comedies is that at some point most of them have to...

Soul Plane Movie Review

Soul Plane Movie Review

It may be crude, it may be lewd, it's certainly slapdash and stupid, but the...

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