Fifty Shades of Black (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Wildly erratic even for a spoof movie, Fifty Shades of Black bears the unfortunate distinction of offering fewer laughs than the unintentionally funny film it's trying to lampoon.

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This spoof from the Wayans Brothers parodies the ultra-popular novel/film series Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Cast

Marlon Wayans
as Christian Black
Kali Hawk
as Hannah
Florence Henderson
as Mrs. Robinson
Karli Karissa
as Elevator Business Woman
Alice Rietveld
as Bride to Be
Katelyn Causey
as Black's Assistant
Brad Schmidt
as Joe Mills
Stephen Todt
as Bike Messenger
Megan Salmans
as Repulsed Strip Club Patron
Jenny Zigrino
as Kateesha
Bud Galloway
as Crazy Stepfather
K.T. Wiegman
as Big Girl
James McMann
as Sick Airline Passenger
Vincent Oshana
as Locksmith
Johnny Meyer
as Waiter At Coffee Shop
Jordan Craig
as Mrs. Robinson's Stud
Joey Romaine
as Tech Guy
Ken McGuire
as Mr. White
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Critic Reviews for Fifty Shades of Black

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (9)

Predictable but unexpectedly enlightened.

Mar 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The movie's mean-spiritedness becomes even more painful than the dippiness of the source material.

Feb 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Wayans is ... incapable of limiting himself to parodying one movie at a time, tossing in riffs on Whiplash, Magic Mike, and Zero Dark Thirty to varying degrees of success.

Jan 31, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

As with other staples of the screen-parody genre, the comic bull's-eyes arrive only intermittently.

Jan 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Wayans continues his pattern of creating movie simulacra - calling them "parodies" or even "spoofs" puts far too fine a point on it - whereby we're supposed to laugh because we recognize the thing that is being reenacted.

Jan 29, 2016 | Full Review…
TheWrap
Top Critic

As a piece of cultural criticism, however, it painstakingly eviscerates nearly every scene in "Grey" and skewers latent sexism, classism and ludicrous sexual innuendoes, as well as the original's numerous plot holes.

Jan 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fifty Shades of Black

Fifty Shades of Black is a no-holds-barred, incredibly reverent and outrageous parody film. While mainly a spoof of Fifty Shades of Gray, there are also sketches of other recent hit films (such as Magic Mike). Marlon Wayans leads the cast and delivers a hilarious performance, and Jane Seymour is hysterical in a small supporting role. But the crudeness and vulgarity is a bit much, and some of the jokes get beat to death. It delivers a lot of laughs, but Fifty Shades of Black is unable to strike the right balance of raunch and comedy.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

I'm ashamed for laughing in 2 scenes in this movie.

Kameron Woodall
Kameron Woodall

Super Reviewer

Why did I put myself through this? Fifty Shades of Black is another spoof film from Marlon Wayans (who used to be funny...I think?), this time spoofing Fifty Shades of Grey. I can safely say I did not laugh once, it was like I was dead inside whilst watching this. The gags were horrendous and the majority of them were cringeworthy. Wayans is charismatic, but it's not enough to keep me or anyone else entertained.

Luke Andrews
Luke Andrews

Super Reviewer

With jokes and gags that slap you across the face harder than being on the submissive part of an S&M session, this Fifty Shades parody Black-balls spoof films back into virgin territory. In the bland tradition of Date Movie, Superhero Movie, and Meet the Spartans comes Fifty Shades of Black, a one (and a half) note send up of the one-note film spawned from E.L. James' one-note novels. Granted, taking aim at bottom-feeders allows for a ripe proving ground of comedy because these low denominators are unintentionally funny to begin with. Unfortunately, Black aims just as low as it intended victim, trying to wring easy laughs out of material that accidentally ended up to be funny in the source material. If some pointed jokes about race and sex didn't at least hit just inside the dartboard, Fifty Shades of Black wouldn't even rank one (and a half) star. In regards to skewing pop culture, Black is - simply put - whack. In this R-rated spoof, an inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship. Not much was expected of the Wayans's parodic oeuvre, mind you. With Dance Flick and Haunted House having already grabbed very low hanging fruit (think: strip mining topsoil) off of other genres rather than play it straight with clever dialogue a la Airplane! or The Naked Gun, this gratuitous exercise follows in very much the same small footsteps. The leads make the most out of cheap shots but some cameos from Fred Willard, Jane Seymour, and - wait for it - Florence Henderson make for the funniest exchanges. Bottom line: Meh in Black

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

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