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2015 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day

Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans - 2015 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Langham Huntington Hotel - Pasadena, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015

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2015 NBCUniversal Summer press day

Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans - 2015 NBCUniversal Summer press day - Arrrivals at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa - Pasadena, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015

Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans

2015 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day

Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans - Celebrities attend 2015 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015

Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Norm MacDonald, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik and Keenen Ivory Wayans

NBCUniversal Summer Press Day

Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr and Russell Peters - NBCUniversal Summer Press Day - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 8th April 2014

Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr and Russell Peters

NBCUniversal's Summer Press Day

Keenen Ivory Wayans - NBCUniversal's Summer Press Day At The Langham Huntington - Pasadena, California, United States - Tuesday 8th April 2014

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Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr and Russell Peters
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne Barr and Russell Peters
Russell Peters, Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Russell Peters, Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans

Dance Flick Review


Unbearable
The recent spate of dance-based movies is ripe for parody, but this pastiche never manages to find an actual joke. We're left with a painfully convoluted non-plot trying to link together a series of lead-ins to never-realised punchlines.

Megan (Bush) is a perky teen who always wanted to be a ballerina but wound up in the inner-city Musical High School instead of Julliard. She's befriended by the sassy Charity (Atkins), whose brother Thomas (Wayans Jr) catches her eye and offers to teach her some new dance steps. But Thomas and his pal (Crockett) are in debt to a local gangster (Grier). To pay up they need to take on a rival team in The Streets dance-off, which happens to be on the same night as the school's Senior Showcase.

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Dance Flick Review


Good
For crass inconsistency, you can't beat the Wayans family. Sure, they gave us TV's In Living Color, and back when big brother Keenan Ivory was behind the lens, there was I'm Gonna Get You Sucka and Scary Movies 1 and 2. Of course, since then, they up-chucked the horrific White Chicks, and the equally repugnant Little Man on unsuspecting audiences. Now they are back doing what (they think) they do best -- making fun of current cultural trends. In this case however, their parody of the Dance Flick film is, believe it or not, right on the money.

When her mother dies unexpectedly, Meghan White (Shoshana Bush) leaves the suburbs and heads for the big city. There she attends Musical High School and quickly befriends brash unwed mother Charity (Essence Atkins), the chubby Tracey Transfat (Chelsea Makela), and the standard good boy mixed up with a bad crowd, Thomas Uncless (Damon Wayans Jr.). At first, she could care less for her hip-hop loving classmates. But soon, she is turned around by the beat of the music and the attentions of Tom.

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Little Man (2006) Review


Unbearable
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?

White Chicks Review


Unbearable
No one does sick bathroom slapstick better than the Wayans brothers - their work on Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2 proves that. They curiously didn't return for the third movie in that franchise. Maybe they realized (or someone did for them) that their brand of humor had run its useful course and it was time to move on. White Chicks is the product of their departure. Unfortunately, it's far from original, or entertaining - in fact, it takes the Wayans' brand of gross-out humor to a whole new low.

Two FBI agents, Marcus (Marlon Wayans) and Kevin Copeland (Shawn Wayans) have a knack for screwing up their assignments. Their supervisor (Frankie Faison) is pissed, and the pair have become the joke of the department. After blowing their cover on their last assignment, Marcus and Kevin are given "one final" opportunity to prove themselves. They're assigned to escort high profile, cruise ship heiresses Brittany and Tiffany Wilson (think Paris and Nicky Hilton) to a party in the Hamptons without getting kidnapped. I guess shipboard credits and shore excursions are hot commodities for East Coast socialites.

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A Low Down Dirty Shame Review


Grim
Question of the day: why is there such an appeal to brainlessness?

One hypothesis, that we spend our working hours thinking and want to relax and thus not think in latter hours appears to hold water at a glance. However, when you peer deeper you realize that not everyone enjoys turning their brain off. Furthermore, many people cannot turn their brain off. Yet I am both A and B and still find brainlessness enjoyable.

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Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood Review


Unbearable
Before they found an audience with Scary Movie, the Wayans clan tried their hand at parody, and the result is even worse. Don't Be a Menace... aims to spoof "urban/gangsta/growing up in the hood" films, a genre which (like Scream), has already become a parody of itself. There are zero laughs in this stupid, stupid movie -- unless "homies drinkin' 40s" with their pants a-fallin' strikes you as a particularly insightful parody.
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