All About the Benjamins (2002)



Critic Consensus: A sloppy, poorly directed action-comedy, All About the Benjamins is too derivative and gratuitously violent.

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Rap star and actor Ice Cube produces, co-writes, and stars in this comic crime thriller that reunites him with his Next Friday (1999) co-star Mike Epps in the 48 Hrs. (1982) mold. Cube plays Bucum Jackson, a Miami bounty hunter for Martinez Bail Bonds who's tired of his dangerous, unprofitable profession and wants to start his own private investigation firm. Lacking stake money, Bucum is forced to hunt down a small-time grafter named Reggie Wright (Epps), a fast-talking confidence man who's crossed his path before. Except that this time, Wright tries to avoid his pursuer by hiding in a van being driven by a pair of murderous diamond thieves who've just made off with 20 million dollars worth of stones. They're in the employ of lethal crime lord and yacht broker Williamson (Tommy Flanagan), someone that neither Reggie nor Bucum is anxious to cross, but it seems that Reggie left his wallet in the van, a wallet containing a winning lottery ticket worth 60 million dollars. The hunt is on for big money as the mismatched duo tries to outfox a wily syndicate for both the ticket and the precious gems. The directorial debut of music video director Kevin Bray, All About the Benjamins (2002) co-stars Eva Mendes, Carmen Chaplin, Valarie Rae Miller, Jeff Chase, Roger Guenveur Smith, Anthony Michael Hall, and Lil' Bow Wow.
R (violence, language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Ice Cube
as Bucum
Mike Epps
as Reggie
Tommy Flanagan
as Williamson
Eva Mendes
as Gina
Jeff Chase
as Mango
Gino Salvano
as Mickey
Antoni Corone
as Capt. Briggs
Anthony Giaimo
as Martinez
Bob Carter
as Mr. Barkley
Evelyn Brooks
as Ms. Steinberg
Joan Turner
as Ms. Scharfenberg
Julie Ann Beres
as Sharhari
Bow Wow
as Kelly
Robert Macbeth
as Store Owner
Barbara Hubbard Barron
as Mrs. Barkley
Oscar Isaac
as Francesco
Jodi Wilson
as Lil J's Girlfriend
Allen Choate
as Newsstand Attendant
Kevin Bray
as Criminal
Lil Bow Wow
as Kelly
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Critic Reviews for All About the Benjamins

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (24)

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Full Review… | July 21, 2008
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Directed by Kevin Bray, whose crisp framing, edgy camera work, and wholesale ineptitude with acting, tone and pace very obviously mark him as a video helmer making his feature debut.

Full Review… | October 3, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The home-run performances of Cube and Epps are handicapped by inept and illogical action sequences.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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Goes a long way on hedonistic gusto.

Full Review… | April 19, 2002
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for All About the Benjamins

Mike Epps, the worst stand up I've ever seen.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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Nani Vang
Nani Vang

Super Reviewer


Bucum: Shoot out the back tire! Reggie: Who do you think I am, Mel Gibson? A stupid funny buddy-action-comedy that works because of how well Cube and Mike Epps get along. A lot of fun to watch, with nothing else to it, but still funny enough. And Eva Mendez is always welcome, so that also helps. Funny parts and decent action.

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

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