Pootie Tang (2001)



Critic Consensus: Based as it is on a short skit, Pootie Tang overstays its welcome.

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Movie Info

Cool guy Pootie Tang is a crime-fighting recording artist. Despite the fact that his strange style of speech is understood by only a select few, he becomes a hero to the children he protects.

Rating: PG-13 (for sex-related material, language and drug content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Louis C.K., Louis C. K.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 27, 2001
Box Office: $2.8M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Pootie Tang

as Biggie Shorty

as Dick Lecter

as Pootie's Father

as Trucky

as Dirty Dee

as Stacy

as Bad Bitty

as Dennis

as Record Executive
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Critic Reviews for Pootie Tang

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (22)

Pootie Tang works, in part, because it doesn't. Which is to say the movie's special success is inextricable from the moments where it blatantly fails. The movie exerts a beguiling charm that can only be explained as the je ne sais quoi of sa da tay.

Full Review… | November 1, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

A bona fide cult object in the making.

Full Review… | July 10, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

A pretty inspired and consistently witty satirical skewering of three decade's worth of macho black pop cultural clichés.

Full Review… | July 2, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Mostly an amusing exercise in black vernacular, searching for a point.

Full Review… | July 2, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It would've made a great 30-minute comic short. Most of the film is padding.

Full Review… | July 2, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

This astonishingly unfunny Paramount comedy is burdened with writing, direction and acting that would cause Ed Wood to wince.

July 2, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pootie Tang


Pootie Tang is quite possibly one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen. I'm talking dumb as a bowl of mice dumb and I laughed my ass off at this movie. I would've loved to see a raunchier R-rated version but watching Wanda Sykes dance (and just Wanda Sykes in general) more than made up for that. Pootie Tang also cements my belief that Louis C.K. is a genius. It's a quick watch. Just see it.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Why haven't I reviewed this movie yet? I've seen years ago, and it still makes me smile when I think of it. Looking through other Flixter reviews, it seems people love this movie, but are afraid to give it a good rating. "Stupid..." they rant, ..."but can't help but laugh". I'm sorry, but if a comedy makes you laugh, doesn't that make it good? Cast off your fears of social persecution! Embrace Pootie Tang!

Tim Barker

Super Reviewer

This movie is stupid, ridiculous and completely moronic. ...and yet, I find myself laughing hysterically every time I see it. Why God, why?!?!?

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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