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July 21, 2009
A string of hugely unfunny shenanigans ensue.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
July 21, 2009
t's a celebration of bonds that are thicker than blood and demonstrates above all that fame-and-fortune fantasies can blur divisions of race and class as persuasively as they can exaggerate them.
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Emanuel Levy
April 26, 2006
Formulaic and distastefully fake, Townsend's modern fairy tale unsuccessfuly tries to combine the premise of Pretty Woman with the formats of the fish-out-of-water and culture-collision.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
You can see how the black, modern-day Pygmalion-type story could work, just, but not with this heap of cabbage leaves for a script, and not with such desperately goofy acting from Berry and Desselle.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The story offers nothing original.
Kevin A. Ranson
June 24, 2003
Not a great example of Halle Berry's talent.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
November 27, 2002
Apallingly bad. Robert Townsend's attempt at satirizing black culture is far off the mark.
| Original Score: 0/5
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Bad, amateur, poor and silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
January 1, 2000
This film has no direction or redeeming qualities other than being offensive, aimless, and having its young black female leads all dressed up in silly garb with no place to go. B.A.P.S: Beware of Asinine Picture that Stinks!!!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
I do have some free advise for both Landau and Berry: Fire your agents.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Landau does the best he can with his limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
It's the kind of movie they don't make anymore -- and when they did, it was at the bottom of the bill after onscreen ads for local merchants.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Badly timed sight gags, weak one-liners, incessant music videos and sloppy sentiment are the order of the day. The stars throw themselves into it, but to no avail.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
They both do good work, but it's Desselle who steals the film and grabs the major laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It's good for a half-hour of humor before the fun starts to dissolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Paying movie-goers deserve more, especially from someone who has previously shown signs of genuine comic aptitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Jaw-droppingly bad, a movie so misconceived I wonder why anyone involved wanted to make it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
It's bad, real bad, with frequently excruciating dialogue, often bewildering storytelling and a denouement actually drowned out by incidental music, that makes for a painful and staggeringly inept movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Left with nothing to do but vamp, Berry, Desselle and even the veteran Landau have little choice but to overact, trying to create explosions where there is no dynamite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
A horribly failed satire that should be avoided by all.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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