Woo (1998)



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Daisy von Scherler Mayer (Madeline, Party Girl) directed this comedy, scripted by David C. Johnson (D.R.O.P. Squad), following the trajectory of a mismatched couple throughout the evening of a blind date in New York (but mostly filmed in Toronto). Extrovert Darlene "Woo" Bates (Jada Pinkett Smith of Scream 2) is one woman who's not afraid to take what she wants, and she has a notorious knack for turning men into mush. When Woo's psychic friend Celestrial (Girlina) predicts that the man of her dreams is about to enter her life, Woo doesn't believe it's true. Celestrial, however, is convinced that Woo is destined to meet a tall, debonair Virgo. Woo's cousin Claudette (Paula Jai Parker of Friday) and Claudette's boyfriend Lenny (Dave Chapelle of Con Air) plan to spend the night together but find themselves entertaining Woo instead. Fearing that his night alone with Claudette will be ruined, Lenny begs his best friend Tim Jackson (Tommy Davidson of Booty Call) to take Woo out -- even though shy, straight-laced law clerk Tim is the polar opposite of the sassy and brassy Woo. At first, Woo expresses disinterest in the matchmaking mismatch. But when she's told that Tim is a Virgo, she decides it's fate, jumps at the chance, and immediately heads for Tim's apartment. Meanwhile, Tim, who can't believe his luck, goes next door to his neighbor Darryl (LL Cool J of B.A.P.S.) for tips on romancing women. Darryl, who knows all the smooth moves, supplies Tim with incense, edible body oils, and a tape of sexy songs. When Woo arrives, Tim is completely smitten. Woo, however, discovers that Tim is anything but the sexy, spontaneous stud of her dreams. Finding Tim's pseudo-cool act totally transparent, she humiliates and teases him. They are just about to exit Tim's apartment when Tim gets a visit from three of his pals -- Frankie (Duane Martin of Getting Personal), Hop (Darrel M. Heath of B.A.P.S.), and Romaine (Michael Ralph of Do the Right Thing). The chauvinistic attitude of these guys irritates Woo, so she retaliates and freaks out the trio with wild, seemingly psycho behavior. Finally, the date gets underway. Woo and Tim arrive at a stuffy Italian restaurant, but Woo's behavior gets them thrown out. They go to a dance club, where Tim becomes the victim, punched out by Woo's ex-boyfriend. Woo likes a good laugh, and when Tim discovers the theft of his flashy new car, she finds this hilarious. "Maybe we could be having a good time, if you could control your psychotic mood swings," says Tim. And so it goes, straight on till morning. Billy Dee Williams portrays himself in a brief fantasy sequence. Daisy von Scherler Mayer is a native New Yorker who made film history when her movie Party Girl became the first feature film to premiere on the Internet (on June 3, 1995).
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Comedy , Romance
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as Celestrial
Paula Jai Parker
as Claudette
LL Cool J
as Darryl
Michael Ralph
as Romaine
Duane Martin
as Frankie
Aida Turturro
as Tookie
Foxy Brown
as Fiancee
Sam Moses
as Cabbie
Tiffany Hall
as Denise
Denosh Bennett
as Sister at Concert
Joanna Bacalso
as Stunning Woman
Mia Pitts
as Voluptuous Woman
Catherine Burdon
as Alluring Woman
Lenny Solomon
as Violin Player
Silvio Oliviero
as Waiter #1
Nick Corri
as Maitre d'
Victor Chan
as Delivery Biker
Lisa Scarola
as Latina Woman
Philip Akin
as Roger Smith
Fawn Boardley
as Shanay
Buddy Lewis
as Bartender
Nicci Gilbert
as Crayola
Christian Maelen
as Officer #1
Desmond Campbell
as Officer #2
Kelley Grando
as Barry the Bouncer
Orlando Jones
as Sticky Fingas
Esther Jones
as Shorty
Tyree Michael Simpson
as Big Brother #1
Roland Rothchild
as Big Brother #2
Martin Roach
as West Indian Brother
Wilfredo A. Crispin
as Salsa Band Member
Jessica Nahar
as Salsa Band Member
James De Jesus
as Salsa Band Member
Eustace Dunbar IV
as Salsa Band Member
Sergio Trujillo
as Ricardo/Salsa Dancer
Robinne Fanfair
as Fine Sister at Restaurant
John Stoneham Jr.
as Fine Sister's Date
Marc Desourdy
as Waiter with Pasta
Billy Linders
as Waiter with Flambee
Frank Ferrara
as Construction Guy
David Roberts
as Disco Girl #1
Kirk Pickersgill
as Disco Girl #2
Drake Thorens
as Delivery Biker #2
Kevin Louis
as Door Person
A.J. Johnson
as Doorman
Pat Dias
as Salsa Party Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Woo

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16)

Pinkett Smith, who was so good in her supporting role in The Nutty Professor, is here little more than a mannequin for skimpy clothes.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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A romantic comedy that strains for the screwball heights of Bringing Up Baby but mainly seems unfunny and unpleasant.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
New York Daily News
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Woo disappoints on so many levels, lacking in wit and intelligence, characters with any sense of dimension and a coherent story line.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Seattle Times
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A painfully graceless comedy that reworks After Midnight, Blind Date and Booty Call into something monstrous and untoward.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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The whole thing is rude and pathetic, more like a lengthy episode of a bad sitcom than a movie, chock full of the kind of sexual innuendoes that are guaranteed to please horny eighth-graders or people who laugh at those Playboy party jokes.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
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This Manhattan-based romantic comedy might be fun if it didn't hit you over the head with a sledgehammer every few minutes.

Full Review… | February 8, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Woo

What's the 411? Tim is the butt of all his friend's jokes, because when it comes to the ladies, he has no game at all. One day he is set up with an eccentric, energetic, and influential lady named Woo. Her style flips him upside down and she appears to be too much woman for him to handle; however, sometimes opposites attract... "Put my fire out." Daisy von Scherler Mayer, director of Some Girl(s), Frenemies, More of Me, The Guru, Madeline, and Party Girl, delivers Woo in her second major motion picture. The storyline for this is mediocre with some dated one-liners and unique characters. The acting is fairly average and the cast includes Jada Pinkett, Tommy Davidson, Duane Martin, Michael Ralph, Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J, and Foxy Brown. "You're too fine for your own good." I came across this on HBOGO and decided to give it a shot. This was a very average picture that was cliché and felt a little like House Party (corny but you still want to see how it unfolds). Overall, this isn't really worth your time. "That's my song!" Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

LOL funny but not in a good way. Had this movie casted well known white actors, it would had gotten the publicity it needs to be considered for what it truly is; one of the worst films ever made.

david ruffin
david ruffin

Crazy funny!

Leo L
Leo L

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