• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Robert Townsend
    In Theaters:
    Mar 28, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 13, 2004
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B.A.P.S. Reviews

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Film4

A string of hugely unfunny shenanigans ensue.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 21, 2009
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 21, 2009
Emanuel Levy
Variety
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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 Source: Variety | Original Score: D

April 26, 2006

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The story offers nothing original.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews

April 9, 2005
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com

Not a great example of Halle Berry's talent.

| Original Score: 2/5

June 24, 2003
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

Apallingly bad. Robert Townsend's attempt at satirizing black culture is far off the mark.

| Original Score: 0/5

November 27, 2002
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine

Bad, amateur, poor and silly.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

June 5, 2002
Frank Ochieng
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

I do have some free advise for both Landau and Berry: Fire your agents.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

Landau does the best he can with his limitations.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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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

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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They both do good work, but it's Desselle who steals the film and grabs the major laughs.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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It's good for a half-hour of humor before the fun starts to dissolve.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Paying movie-goers deserve more, especially from someone who has previously shown signs of genuine comic aptitude.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Jaw-droppingly bad, a movie so misconceived I wonder why anyone involved wanted to make it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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 Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 3/10

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

A horribly failed satire that should be avoided by all.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 0.5/4

January 1, 2000
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