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Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 64

There are some laughs, but not enough to sustain the running time.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 25

There are some laughs, but not enough to sustain the running time.



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A rich kid who likes to pretend he's from the wrong side of the tracks gets a taste of the real thing in this comedy. Brad Gluckman (Jamie Kennedy) is the son of a wealthy and socially prominent couple (Ryan O'Neal and Bo Derek) and grew up in the lap of luxury in Malibu, CA. However, Brad likes to imagine he's a street-smart gangsta from the mean streets of L.A., and he's been trying to launch a career as a hardcore rapper under the name "B-Rad." Mr. Gluckman is running for Governor of



Fax Bahr, Adam Small, Jamie Kennedy, Nick Swardson

Sep 9, 2003


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Most Wanted isn't aiming for social commentary, but it isn't too difficult to enjoy its good-natured humor.

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Jamie Kennedy's B-Rad is based on a character from his TV show -- and as the centerpiece for a sketch, he's hilarious. But the B-Rad joke wears thin when stretched across a feature-length film.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Wanted isn't quite the real Slim Shady of hip-hop comedies. But you might lose yourself in a few of its amusing moments.

April 18, 2003
Washington Post
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Think of a B-grade Bulworth with lesser talents than A-listers Warren Beatty and Halle Berry.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Maybe in a half-hour format, the idea would stand up. But in a feature film, B-Rad's schtick seems like a one-note song.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The Jamie Kennedy comedy vehicle Malibu's Most Wanted faces a seemingly insurmountable problem: It's really a lot better when Kennedy isn't on screen.

April 18, 2003
Seattle Times
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Dumb movie, but some funny moments for teens.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I was pretty surprised to find this was just so entertaining.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Ryan O'Neal gets more laughs in a few scenes than Chris Rock managed in all of Head of State.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

Jamie Kennedy needs to be stopped.

September 6, 2003 | Comment (1)
Las Vegas Weekly

The movie flirts with incisive, witty segments, but it's ultimately yet another anti-inflammatory comedy about racial identity that devolves into a one-joke affair.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

Malibu's Most Wanted absconds with a simplistic but imaginative plot and elevates it beyond the realm of sketch comedy into legitimate cinematic territory - for real, y'all.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

Not as inspired as White Boyz.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

I laughed during the whole movie...the trick to stupid comedy is earnestness - these guys have that out the wazoo.

May 12, 2003 Full Review

The problem with Most Wanted has plagued most of the Saturday Night Live movies. What's funny in a five-minute sketch, may not be funny for an hour and a half.

May 2, 2003

The funniest part of the movie are the out-takes at the end, but those aren't worth the price of admission, wait for the DVD.

April 27, 2003 Full Review Source:

B-Rad is a harmless, lovable guy... something that can't be said for the characters played by superstars Queen Latifah and Steve Martin, who appear on the next screen over.

April 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily
Fantastica Daily

This cheaply thrown-together farce offers only fitful amusement.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The wince to giggle factor isn't that good.

April 25, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

If the movie at least had the courtesy to make its protagonist funny or clever, it may have possessed enough charm to relieve the feeling that it's insulting its target audience.

April 24, 2003 Full Review

Malibu isn't the most painful cinematic experience of my life - or even of 2003 - though it may be the most bizarrely wrongheaded.

April 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If you're looking for something artistic and brilliantly conceived, I suggest you search elsewhere. But there's something to be said for a straight sitcom flick that delivers the laughs.

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source:

But despite its inane premise, fuzzy shape, and broad TV-land characters, Jamie Kennedy's latest experiment is ?%*@&!* hilarious.

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Should sheer boredom or an advanced state of masochism compel you to see the film, try this instead: Take seven $1 bills and methodi-cally shred them into pieces of equal size. You'll end up with an expensive bowl of green confetti - and an infinitely mor

April 22, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Malibu's Most Wanted

Jaime Kennedy's magnum opus about a white kid/wannabe/ghetto hood makes valid social commentary while garnering a few chuckles. Its point is made by the fact that everyone by now knows a least one somebody "keepin it real!" who really ain't, but don't know it yet.
January 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

"Don't be hatin'"

A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rapper.

Great premise, but they managed to muck it up. This flick was big on stereotypes; small on imagination. A lot of the humor was sophomoric and crass; indicating a not- too - mature writing staff. Some adult supervision would have greatly enhanced this predictable bore. The casting was great - all the main characters were quite capable and the movie did have its moments. Jamie Kennedy had the rap-wannabe dialect down. The movie quickly became bogged down with racial stereotyping, however: hostile blacks, lots of guns, women as sex objects. This film had lots of potential - it just needed some direction and, in the end, originality. The word "bitch" was used so frequently as it would indicate that the script writer received royalties for it. "Bitch", "bee-och"; it quickly graduated from offensive to nauseating.
August 15, 2009
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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This movies hilarious! It's 100% worth watching.
June 14, 2007

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"Don't do it Bloodbath!"
August 27, 2010
Burger Star

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