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Pootie Tang (2001)

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29

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 30

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

40

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 12

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

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 30,145

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Movie Info

This comic spoof is spun off from a character that first appeared on The Chris Rock Show, and is written and directed by Louis C.K., one of that show's producers. Lance Crouther stars as Pootie Tang, a crime fighting superhero and recording artist who speaks in an unintelligible gibberish that seems to be a combination of Ebonics and street slang. Despite his communication problem, Pootie is a hero to children, whom he attempts to protect from the evil Dick Lecter (Robert Vaughn), a corporate

PG-13,

Comedy

Louis C. K.

Nov 27, 2001

$2.8M

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (30) | DVD (10)

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.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A bona fide cult object in the making.

July 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A pretty inspired and consistently witty satirical skewering of three decade's worth of macho black pop cultural clichés.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Mostly an amusing exercise in black vernacular, searching for a point.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It would've made a great 30-minute comic short. Most of the film is padding.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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This astonishingly unfunny Paramount comedy is burdened with writing, direction and acting that would cause Ed Wood to wince.

July 2, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Writer-director Louis C.K. (I wouldn't give my correct name either) was named on Entertainment Weekly's "It List," proving that entertainment is in a bad way.

March 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (4)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Pootie is such an original, utterly absurd conception that, however one may hesitate over superfluous matters of good taste or (horrors!) political correctness, anyone with an ounce of humor will find it impossible not to succumb in gales of laughter.

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There are bad movies, there are disappointing movies, and then there's Pootie Tang, a movie so incompetent, it almost defies description.

August 2, 2001 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Its humor tires not too long after the beginning credits have finished rolling.

July 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

It seems as if the studio thought they had a black Austin Powers, while in fact what they have is more like a black Dude, Where's My Car?.

July 5, 2001
New Times

Good for a couple of well-earned laughs but ultimately overstays its welcome.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A spectacular train wreck of a film where the participants seem oblivious to the dreck they've crafted and performed in.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Screen It! | Comment (1)
Screen It!

Sorry, Lance, but Rudy Ray Moore you ain't.

July 2, 2001
Reel.com

Mostly it's shoddy, amateurish, and cheap-looking.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

I would rather watch all the Pokemon movies, back to back, than waste my time watching this production for a second time.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Dull and unfunny claptrap.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Think of an infantile, babblegabbing Shaft without any real cool.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for Pootie Tang

Pootie Tang is really stupid and not very good. It's amateur at best, and yet.....it's really not that bad. Some of the directing/editing is brilliant (see the showdown scene). It is full of funny people and for the most part they are funny but the film isn't funny. I know, I know, that makes no sense at all. I guess it's got good people but a very bad script. Every single time I saw Wanda Sykes dancing in the street I laughed and that was about two thirds of the entire film! It's not very good but I will defend it to the end.
September 20, 2013
SirPant

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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.
December 2, 2010
mjgildea

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!
February 3, 2010
timandterrybarker

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?!?!?
January 6, 2009
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