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Undercover Brother (2002)



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

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The "blaxploitation" genre of the 1970s meets the satirical humor of the Austin Powers series with this comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee and writer John Ridley. Eddie Griffin stars as Undercover Brother, an afro-sporting, solid gold Cadillac-driving anachronism who considers himself a "Robin of the 'hood." Recruited by the top-secret B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. organization, UB is informed that the country's first black presidential candidate, military hero General Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams) is being marginalized into a chicken restaurant owner as a result of Operation Whitewash, a sinister plot by the shadowy and sinister figure called The Man, who seeks to undermine race relations with a hallucinogenic drug that will turn America into a nation of mindless zombies. Giving up his trademark style, UB poses as a corporate nerd along with his sidekick Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis) in order to infiltrate a multinational conglomerate controlled by The Man, but he faces the clever schemes of the villain's henchman Mr. Feather (Chris Kattan) and his sexy secret weapon Penelope Snow (Denise Richards). Based on a web series created by screenwriter John Ridley, Undercover Brother costars Chi McBride, Dave Chappelle, Neil Patrick Harris and Gary Anthony Williams.more
Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual humor, drug content and campy violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael McCullers, John Ridley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2003
Box Office: $38.2M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Eddie Griffin
as Undercover Brother
Chris Kattan
as Mr. Feather
Denise Richards
as White She-Devil
Dave Chappelle
as Conspiracy Brother
Aunjanue Ellis
as Sistah Girl
Chi McBride
as The Chief
Billy Dee Williams
as Gen. Boutwell
Jack Noseworthy
as Mr. Elias
Gary Williams
as Smart Brother
J.D. Hall
as Narrator
Ron Pardo
as Chuck
Dave Pearce
as Reporter
Liz West
as Reporter
Divine Earth Essence
as GFC Jingle Singer
Jenni Burke
as GFC Jingle Singer
Keisha T. Fraser
as GFC Jingle Singer
James C. Mathis III
as GFC Announcer
Troy Taylor
as Li'l UB
Gina Sorell
as Multiracial Receptio...
James Brown
as Himself
Lee Smart
as Golf Cart Guard
David Sparrow
as Golf Cart Guard
Randy Butcher
as Bank Security Guard
Bryan Thomas
as Bank Security Guard
Tig Fong
as White She-Devil's En...
Darrin McGuire
as White She-Devil's En...
Marvin Kaye
as Fortress Security
LJ Vasilantonakis
as Fortress Security
Paul Rapovski
as Fortress Security
Layton Morrison
as Fortress Security
Marco Bianco
as Fortress Security
Nick Alachiotis
as Fortress Security
Peter Szkoda
as Fortress Security
Wayne Downer
as Fortress Security
Bryan Renfro
as Fortress Security
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Critic Reviews for Undercover Brother

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (32)

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

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Stereotype-based satire; not for young kids.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 10, 2010

funny at parts

April 24, 2008

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
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.

Full Review… | January 12, 2004

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!

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

this movie is hilarious. I love how racist it is. a great comedy. B+

Richard C

Super Reviewer

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