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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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 convertible and huge Afro, who uses gadgets and disguises to steal from the rich and give to the poor. His activities are discovered by the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., a spy organization devoted to subverting The Man (Robert Trumbull) and his henchman, Mr. Feather (Chris Kattan), who use their power over the media to demean black people and destroy racial unity. The spy organization is run by The Chief (Chi McBride), who is constantly screaming at his subordinates. They include Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis), a beautiful martial artist, Conspiracy Brother (Dave Chappelle), who sees white supremacist plots everywhere, and Smart Brother (Gary Anthony Williams, who provided the voice of Undercover Brother in the cartoon), who supplies the operatives with gadgets and information. When a popular black political figure, General Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams), calls a press conference, presumably to announce his presidential candidacy, and instead announces that he's opening a chain of fried chicken restaurants, the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. rightly suspects foul play, and recruits Undercover Brother to look into it. He goes undercover as an uptight buppie to work for The Man, but his cover is soon blown, and the seductive White She Devil (Denise Richards) is sent in to use her feminine wiles to destroy Undercover Brother.
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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 Anthony Williams
as Smart Brother
J.D. Hall
as Narrator
Ron Pardo
as Chuck
Susie Spear
as Bonnie
Dave Pearce
as Reporter
Liz West
as Reporter
Enid-Raye Adams
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 Receptionist
Kenner Ames
as Golfer
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 Enforcer
Darrin McGuire
as White She-Devil's Enforcer
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 (130) | Top Critics (28)

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

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Much of Undercover Brother plays as a funnier, if similarly addled, Bamboozled.

June 11, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Even the soundtrack selections are second- or third-hand.

June 6, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 3, 2002
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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!

Clintus Maximus
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
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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

Richard C
Richard C

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