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Fifty Shades of Black (2016)



Critic Consensus: Wildly erratic even for a spoof movie, Fifty Shades of Black bears the unfortunate distinction of offering fewer laughs than the unintentionally funny film it's trying to lampoon.

Movie Info

This spoof from the Wayans Brothers parodies the ultra-popular novel/film series Fifty Shades of Grey.more
Rating: R (for strong crude sexual content including some graphic nudity, and for language throughout)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 19, 2016
Open Road Films - Official Site


Marlon Wayans
as Christian Black
Kali Hawk
as Hannah
Florence Henderson
as Mrs. Robinson
Karli Karissa
as Elevator Business Wo...
Alice Rietveld
as Bride to Be
Katelyn Causey
as Black's Assistant
Brad Schmidt
as Joe Mills
Stephen Todt
as Bike Messenger
Megan Salmans
as Repulsed Strip Club ...
Jenny Zigrino
as Kateesha
Bud Galloway
as Crazy Stepfather
K.T. Wiegman
as Big Girl
James McMann
as Sick Airline Passeng...
Vincent Oshana
as Locksmith
Johnny Meyer
as Waiter At Coffee Sho...
Jordan Craig
as Mrs. Robinson's Stud
Joey Romaine
as Tech Guy
Ken McGuire
as Mr. White
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Critic Reviews for Fifty Shades of Black

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

Predictable but unexpectedly enlightened.

Full Review… | March 7, 2016
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie's mean-spiritedness becomes even more painful than the dippiness of the source material.

Full Review… | February 4, 2016
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There are undoubtedly four or five one-liners that will have you in stitches, but given the scattergun approach to jokes, that makes for a rather minuscule percentage.

Full Review… | March 23, 2016

Another depressing "cinema parody" that isn't half as amusing as the film(s) it wants us to laugh at.

Full Review… | March 13, 2016
Observer (UK)

50 Shades of Black does, at least, have to good grace to be 50 times more entertaining than the original.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Irish Times

The laziest visual gags are accompanied by a cavalcade of insensitive, vulgar jokes that never work no matter how many silly faces are pulled.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Fifty Shades of Black

With jokes and gags that slap you across the face harder than being on the submissive part of an S&M session, this Fifty Shades parody Black-balls spoof films back into virgin territory. In the bland tradition of Date Movie, Superhero Movie, and Meet the Spartans comes Fifty Shades of Black, a one (and a half) note send up of the one-note film spawned from E.L. James' one-note novels. Granted, taking aim at bottom-feeders allows for a ripe proving ground of comedy because these low denominators are unintentionally funny to begin with. Unfortunately, Black aims just as low as it intended victim, trying to wring easy laughs out of material that accidentally ended up to be funny in the source material. If some pointed jokes about race and sex didn't at least hit just inside the dartboard, Fifty Shades of Black wouldn't even rank one (and a half) star. In regards to skewing pop culture, Black is - simply put - whack.

In this R-rated spoof, an inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship.

Not much was expected of the Wayans's parodic oeuvre, mind you. With Dance Flick and Haunted House having already grabbed very low hanging fruit (think: strip mining topsoil) off of other genres rather than play it straight with clever dialogue a la Airplane! or The Naked Gun, this gratuitous exercise follows in very much the same small footsteps. The leads make the most out of cheap shots but some cameos from Fred Willard, Jane Seymour, and - wait for it - Florence Henderson make for the funniest exchanges.

Bottom line: Meh in Black

Jeff B.
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

- Straight OUTRAGEOUS!!! Fifty Shades Of Black definitely delivered on the funny and then some. The overall plot was a play on Fifty Shades of Grey. I did not see that movie or read the book but I know enough about it to figure out what the real deal was. The story line focused mainly on the extremely unorthodox sexual nature between two individuals and it was kicked up a notch with beyond hilarious additions that only enhanced the complete feel of the movie. At every corner there were jokes that surrounded current pop culture situations which brought the entire outlook of the film to life. From the very start there was no fore playing around. The production team lubed up every scenario and maneuvered their way nice and easy into our hearts with each passing successful scene. This is certainly a "Must See." There was a familiarity with the way the final product was displayed but it also had a new vibe of swagger that felt all new to the game. The moments that the entire theater was not on a roller coaster ride of laughs were when the true substances of the film showed its genuine colors and they sure were bright. Without a doubt lines were for sure tested and almost crossed but the just far enough concept of the entire movie was what kept our eyes glued to the BIG screen with high anticipation of curiosity to what in the world is next. Brilliant insanity is another way to describe what I just willingly viewed. Still to this point my mind is replaying scene after epic scene so to help categorize everything that happened. Even through that, it was good but not great. Awesome but not to the MAX! And for those slight downplays it receives a very sturdy standing of "3 Stars." A truly fun night at the movies. Seriously one of the most unique ones I have EVER had and for that main reason, "it is all good in the hood." YEAH!

Dokyong T.
Dokyong Tunga-Lergo

Warning: Spoilers
+Few funny moments
+kingbach was great to see
-very Few backstory
-forced and rushed romance
-stupid and annoying soundtrack
-very boring at times
-stupid references that aren't funny
-Cluster fuck of a story and characters

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