Fakin' Da Funk (1997)

Fakin' Da Funk


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A theme of racial harmony underlies this comedy-drama. The couple Joe (Ernie Hudson) and Annabelle Lee (Pam Grier) learn the baby they are adopting is not black but Chinese. As Julian Lee (Dante Basco), reaches teen-hood, his father dies and the adopted boy moves with his mom to Atlanta. Here he hopes to make friends with the local teens, who are somewhat perplexed by the Asian-American's hip-hop slang and high scores when he grabs the basketball. Julian intervenes when his younger brother Perry … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
On DVD: Jan 4, 2000


as Joe Lee

as Anneabelle Lee

as May-Ling

as Julian Lee

as Brandon

as Perry Lee
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Critic Reviews for Fakin' Da Funk

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Chey shows a keen ear for black English, a well-honed comic imagination, and an upbeat humanism; Zoltan David's camera work is outstanding, especially the bravura Steadicam opening shot.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | October 1, 2008
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May 29, 2001
AV Club
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While it's no great work of cinema, this movie about serious racial issues is a lot funnier than you might expect.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Fakin' Da Funk


Adorable movie. At times cheesy, a little corny, but sweet and without missing the point. Dante Basco is clearly "down with the brown" in this 90s "erase the color lines" film about a Chinese boy adopted by black parents who eventually move from Atlanta to South Central. Hilarity, of course, ensues. A second story involves a Chinese exchange student (played by the comic Margaret Cho) gets sent to the "wrong hood" and is taken in by a black family as well, played by John Witherspoon (Boondocks), Nell Carter, and Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris). I enjoyed it. I'm a fan of these kinds of flicks, especially the comedy. It was also a trip seeing various known black actors in their youths, like Duane Martin and Reynaldo Rey. If you're bored and looking for a cute, funny popcorn movie to bide your time, check it out.

Remi Logan

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