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All About The Benjamins Review


Weak
Rap music, ghetto characters, drugs, buxom young women, baggy clothes, countless variations of a certain profanity with the prefix "mother"... Such elements are all too familiar with Cube Vision, the production company owned by Matt Alvarez and Ice Cube. Next Friday was the first film from the company, this is the second, and Friday After Next (really!) -- the third installment in the series -- will be third. With so much in common with the other Friday films, it's a wonder why they just didn't call this All About the Fridays.

That's a bad pun, but it's better than anything in this movie. The only thing keeping Benjamins on its own stylistic level is the graphic violence. In fact, it's so violent at times, it is hard to tell if this movie is a trying to be a comedy or an action flick. It isn't exactly a riot watching people manipulating a man's severed arm as he screams for pain and mercy. Does the movie really think this is funny? Is it trying to be funny? Does anyone involved even know the answers to these questions?

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Like Mike Review


Weak
A cardboard Cinderella story, involving a pair of magic basketball sneakers and the hopes and dreams of an orphaned black youth, the script for Like Mike is about as challenging as getting tickets for a Wang Chung reunion concert. Calvin Cambridge (Lil' Bow Wow) is a short, pigtailed 14-year-old orphan with high hopes of one day playing with the big boys of the NBA. But his diminutive stature and inability to shoot a fade-away jumper over the orphanage's bully Ox (Jesse Plemmons) dent his dreams of stardom. But, the gods smile upon Calvin after he acquires a mysterious pair of old sneakers inscribed with the faded initials "MJ," which received a jolt of magic lightning one stormy night. Never mind the damning fact that previous owner of the shoes is about six feet, six inches in height.

After lacing up the shoes, Calvin ends up on the court of his favorite team, the Los Angeles Knights during a half-time promo, taking on the Knights' star player Tracey Reynolds (Morris Chestnut) in a bit of one-on-one. With the power of MJ in his soles, Calvin fakes left and ends up hitting a 25-foot jumper and then a devastating slam-dunk that stinks of the power of Flubber. The reactions from a stunned crowd inspire the manager of the Knights, Frank Bernard (Eugene Levy), to sign Calvin to a contract as a publicity stunt, without ever intending the play the lucky whippersnapper. But after Calvin hits the game-winning jumper when the tough-as-nails coach Wagner (Robert Forster) hands him the ball - the evil orphan headmaster Bittleman (Crispin Glover) earns more riches wen Calvin's contract is re-negotiated.

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Like Mike Review


Good

By all rights, "Like Mike" should be a lousy movie. Designed as a slap-dash kiddie flick, built around a dumb plot device (magic sneakers turn a young orphan into an NBA all-star) and starring a flash-in-the-pan novelty hip-hopper (Lil' Bow Wow), its overall concept is thick with seemingly predictable, third-hand story elements. Will the kid find adoptive parents? Will his team win the big game? Well, duh.

But director John Schultz ("Drive Me Crazy") doesn't use the shoes as a storytelling crutch (they account for about four minutes of the whole movie), he gets charismatic performances from his cast of talented players, and he beats down almost every encroaching cliché, creating in their stead a smart kids' picture of delightful surprises.

Sure, as the film begins street-smart but endearingly sweet 14-year-old Calvin Cambridge (Bow Wow) is living in a laughably diverse group home (his two best friends are a white boy played by "Jerry Maguire's" Jonathan Lipnicki and an Asian girl played by Brenda Song), where he's picked on by a teenage bully and dreams of being adopted. "Parents only want the puppies," he moans.

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All About The Benjamins Movie Review

All About The Benjamins Movie Review

Rap music, ghetto characters, drugs, buxom young women, baggy clothes, countless variations of a certain...

Like Mike Movie Review

Like Mike Movie Review

A cardboard Cinderella story, involving a pair of magic basketball sneakers and the hopes and...

Like Mike Movie Review

Like Mike Movie Review

By all rights, "Like Mike" should be a lousy movie. Designed as a slap-dash kiddie...

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