This film started out really well with a nice "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" feel to it, but it unfortunately gets overly maudlin by trying to stretch the story over decades when it was a far more enjoyable and lively film if it had stayed a period piece. There's a terrific supporting cast that includes Nick Cassavetes, Anthony Anderson, Bernie Mac, Bokeem Woodbine, Ned Beatty, Clarence Williams III, R. Lee Ermey and many other recognizable faces. However, the weak dramatic elements drag down the funny parts and the clever banter between Murphy and Martin. Also, I simply do not understand Eddie Murphy's weird fascination with ridiculous amounts of make-up in nearly all of his films.