Undercover Brother (2002)

undercover brother

“Brother, when you get a minute, could I get a list of the words that trigger these episodes?”

The Scoop: 2002 PG-13, Directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Eddie Griffin, Denise Richards, David Chappelle and  Aunjanue Ellis

Tagline: He’s All Action

Summary Capsule: African-American super-spies battle the forces of Mr. The Man

Justin’s Rating: Looks like someone’s auditioning for Soul Train!

Justin’s Review: How to cook a good Undercover Brother:

Ingredients

  • A pinch of Soul, with a capital “S”
  • 1 Cup Eddie Griffin’s smile, which can light up the night sky and my heart in a single grin
  • 3 Tsp. Denise Richards in leather one size too small
  • 1 1/2 lbs. of pure, righteous funk (George Clinton, come on down)
  • 1 accidental whisker of a rat named Chris Kattan that fell in the bowl
  • Some fire. Fire good. Fire make things hot and burn and bacon crispy.

Instructions:

  • Get in the right mood to watch a somewhat-silly comedy that blends together elements of Shaft, “Doogie Howser M.D.,” “Roots” and Austin Powers.
  • Clear out of the house anyone who is “in the mood” for a Victorian-era period drama. Shoot to kill, if necessary.
  • Gather together a beverage of choice and a snack of choice (we recommend IBC Root Beer coupled with Red Hot Cheetos). Sink down into the couch and let your belly be free of the Belt Buckle Regime.
  • If skin is of light-tone variety, spend a couple anxious minutes wondering if a film flinging counter-racial comments about in such a tongue-in-cheek manner can be construed as actually racist. Then come to the realization that there is such a thing as being way too politically correct, and just chill out.
  • Keep mistaking Eddie Griffin for that Orlando Bloom guy in Evolution, despite the fact that they look nothing alike.
  • Hoot and holler when Doogie Hoswer makes a complete patootey of himself as the whitest-of-white interns at a mostly African-American spy organization. Nod knowingly as you ponder that Doogie is paying for his sins through cinematic purgatory.
  • Use a free appendage to dial up a bored friend and lament that Undercover Brother is about sixteen times better than that other 70s spy spoof, Austin Powers 3.
  • Giggle like a girl and belch like a stud, secure in the knowledge that you don’t have to worry about others’ opinions of your hygiene or movies. At least, not for another hour.
And it’s not even Halloween!

Intermission!

  • Doogie Howser singing… shudder!
  • Yes! Golf cart chase!
  • When Chi McBride is in his office, he says, “I’m gettin’ too old for this sh**!” He then looks up at a picture of Danny Glover, who has said the same line in all of the Lethal Weapon films.
  • Anton Jackson says “Hollywood really *is* out to get Spike Lee?” Spike Lee is director Malcolm D. Lee’s cousin.
  • The moves Lance uses on the three security guards are all “Fatalities” from Mortal Kombat
  • The left side of the island was deliberately designed to resemble the letter M, for “Man”.
  • Rumor has it that Denise Richards was incensed about certain body modifications made on the official poster, which was subsequently changed.
  • Based on a series of internet flash cartoons.

Groovy Quotes

Conspiracy Brother: George Washington Carver made the first computer! Out of a peanut! A PEA-NUT!

Jackson: Wait a minute, how’d the white boy get a job at the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D.?
The Chief: What can I say? Affirmative action.

Lance: I *feel* black.
Conspiracy Brother: But you *look* white…don’t touch me!

Jackson: Hi.
Conspiracy Brother: “Hi”? What you mean “hi”? Like “high yellow wanna be white”? “High” like the *white man* wants to keep us? Wait, you don’t smell any weed on me, do you?
Jackson: Brother, when you get a minute, could I get a list of the words that trigger these episodes?

Jackson: Honey, is that Michael Bolton’s version of “The Thong Song”?

General Boutwell: I used to work at the Pentagon, but now I help get your chicken on.

The Chief: I’m tired of you disrespecting me! Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t fire your black ass?
Jackson: Because I…don’t…work for you?
The Chief: SHUT UP! Save the smart comments for the chunky brother in the smock!

Conspiracy Brother: Jesus Christ: black man. Babe Ruth: black man. Madonna:…slept with black men.

Conspiracy Brother: Oh my God! It’s Macy Gray with Porkchop Sideburns.

Jackson: You know what they say, behind every great black…
Conspiracy Brother: …is the police!

Lance: [screeching] I… am not… a sissy!

If you liked this movie, try these:

  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • The Ladies Man
  • I’m Gonna Get You, Sucka!

2 comments

  1. When I watched this it was before I had saw Austin Powers 3 (We got it on rental shortly before Goldmember came out in cinemas here) and I’ll admit I found it funny, but it came on a little strong.
    I got that it mocked blacksploitation films, I got that it ripped on spy movies as much as it also ripped on Austin Powers. I understood all the jokes but even so it all seemed to fall flat for me.
    Maybe I just forgot to check my brain at the door, but I didn’t find the film funny.

    Didn’t stop me and my flatmates spouting quotes from it for weeks after though.

  2. You may want to edit the part about confusing Eddie Griffin with the other actor. The person I believe you’re thinking of is Orlando JONES. Orlando Bloom was [nerd alert] Legolas in the Lord of the Rings movies. WAYYY different than Orlando Jones. haha

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