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Undercover Brother (2002)

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77

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 100 | Rotten: 30

Fast-paced and filled with racial gags, Undercover Brother serves up plenty of laughs and sharp satire.

74

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 7

Fast-paced and filled with racial gags, Undercover Brother serves up plenty of laughs and sharp satire.

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Movie Info

Undercover Brother began life as an animated series on the Internet. The satirical cartoon was created by novelist and screenwriter John Ridley (Three Kings) for the website urbanentertainment.com. Ridley wrote the screenplay with Michael McCullers, co-writer of the Austin Powers sequels, and it was directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Spike Lee's cousin, and the writer/director of The Best Man). The film stars Eddie Griffin (of TV's Malcolm and Eddie) as Undercover Brother, he of the gold Cadillac

PG-13,

Comedy

,

John Ridley, Michael McCullers

Jan 14, 2003

$38.2M

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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (100) | Rotten (30) | DVD (15)

It's breezily entertaining and culturally specific without resorting to gross-out jokes or cruelty.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Much of Undercover Brother plays as a funnier, if similarly addled, Bamboozled.

June 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The film works no matter which side of the racial divide you're on, because nothing unites an audience quite like making fun of everyone.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Instead of packing an R-rated, politically incorrect punch, the film goes for the easy laughs without getting too raunchy or violent, and the result is mildly amusing but mostly mediocre.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Even during periods when the belly laughs subside, Griffin continues to keep it really amusing with his exuberant flair for physical comedy and mock-serious swagger.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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There's not enough to sustain the comedy.

May 31, 2002
Washington Post
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Stereotype-based satire; not for young kids.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

"Undercover Brother" fares better as a blaxploitation spoof than as silly-spy shtick. Scathing but not scatological, "Brother's" withering insights are equal opportunity: Here, white guilt is as satirically punishable an offense as propping up prejudice.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

funny at parts

April 24, 2008

Much funnier and craftier than it had any right to be.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Every little piece of this project fell magically, hilariously in place, even if some of its gags don't quite hit the target.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The problem is, that half the time I laughed myself silly, while the other half, I was egregiously offended.

November 7, 2003 | Comment (1)
Greenwich Village Gazette

...zips along at a frenetic pace, but the lack of plot does eventually catch up with the rest of the movie.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Not for one moment does it get serious or stop for a straight action sequence, and yet it develops into something genuinely exciting, just through the enthusiastic velocity of its streams of jokes and images.

March 2, 2003

If you like the Austin Powers franchise, chances are you'll like this, regardless of your race. If you don't, we'll, I'd have to say you're just a jive turkey.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

One of the best comedies of its kind.

January 29, 2003
Cinema Sight

Malcom D. Lee is a consummate professional and has made a wise choice in how to approach this material, for a strong case could be made to use this as the initial tool in our school systems to begin serious discussions about race and class.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

More often than not, the movie's irreverent, ramshackle charms hit the mark.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The movie's contradictions of intent (opposing black stereotypes at the same that it's reveling in them) hinder it from making any real comic statement.

August 22, 2002 Full Review

(The film) uses the well-traveled conventions of racial stereotyping to make a grand little spy/action comedy.

July 25, 2002 Full Review

UB equally spoofs and celebrates the more outre aspects of 'black culture' and the dorkier aspects of 'white culture,' even as it points out how inseparable the two are.

July 22, 2002 Full Review Source: HoleCity.com
HoleCity.com

Has the right mindset, but not always the right material.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Everytime you think Undercover Brother has run out of steam, it finds a new way to surprise and amuse.

July 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

I know we're not supposed to take it seriously, but I can't shake the thought that Undercover Brother missed an opportunity to strongly present some profound social commentary.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

There is nothing undercover about this comedy. It's Solid. Can you diggit?

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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Audience Reviews for Undercover Brother

Literally too funky to be believed, Undercover Brother is an over-the-top hilarious spoof of Blaxploitation and spy films. Not since "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" have I seen a send-up like this. There are shades of Shaft, Superfly, Huggy Bear, and more, along with James Bond-ish spectre-type "the man" to boot. Its loads better and hipper than Austin Powers: Goldmember.You'll laugh out loud over and over.

Eddie Griffin is outstanding as the title character, and smart brother, conspiracy brother (Dave Chappelle), Sistah Girl, and White She-Devil will leave you in stitches. I didn't like Neil Patrick Harris' character, a lame white boy, much, but loved over the top nemesis Chris Kattan. Billy Dee Williams and James Brown add credibility to this hilarious parody. Its politically incorrect in the extreme so don't get offended by the catfight scene and other, just have fun. Final Advice: Long live the BROTHERHOOD, and stay away from the fried chicken!
October 11, 2012
Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

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Undercover Brother: You mess with the 'fro, you got to go.

It's an understatement to say that I'm disappointed with Undercover Brother. I had fun for about 20 minutes and then it gets old and it gets old quickly. That would be because it's a one-joke comedy and you can only hear a joke so many times before it's not funny anymore. The movie was way to mild also. If your going to go for a Blaxploitation type movie; then go for it. This being PG-13 destroys it in my eyes. This type of movie can't survive without without tons of violence, nudity, and profanity. That's just how it is.

The movie does have some bright spots. It features a really good soundtrack. Eddie Griffin isn't horrible in the lead role, but Dave Chappelle and Neil Patrick Harris are the two actors to watch in this one. Denise Richards, while attractive, annoys the hell out of me no matter what she's in. I can't stand her.

Basically Undercover Brother doesn't entertain me throughout. Yeah it's going to be stupid and I'm fine with that. But what it shouldn't be is dull and boring. After awhile it does become dull and it does become somewhat boring. It just can't maintain the laughs and that will kill a comedy every time.
July 20, 2011
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Melvin White

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this movie is hilarious. I love how racist it is. a great comedy. B+
July 4, 2010
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I loved how funny this movie was. I could watch this movie everday if I had to!
February 15, 2010
KJ Proulx

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    1. Anton Jackson/Undercover Brother: Blackness confirmed.
    – Submitted by Logan W (16 months ago)
    1. The Chief: This chicken is the b-o-m-b !
    – Submitted by Fab L (2 years ago)
    1. Anton Jackson/Undercover Brother: You mess with the 'fro, you got to go.
    – Submitted by Mikhael M (2 years ago)
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