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First, let me explain that I understand that this film has a crazy story with not the best acting. Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier do an amazing job as the two protagonists of this film unfortunately it falls a bit short with comedy. The cliché love story I think is part of the superhero stereotype it is adding into the mix.
This movie came out a decade too early I think. As we are now, in 2014, flooded with superhero films like Kick-Ass, Super, and all the comic book movies we are getting. Blankman is a wonderful attempt to get change film for black lead actors. Let me explain.
There is a trope in film called the "White Savior Character," in which a black person is the lead actor but always have to be saved or helped by another white character. He can't do anything on his own, there are numerous examples of these types of films including Finding Forester, 12 years a slave -brad pitt, Hardball, Gran Torino, Amistad, Cool Runnings, Wildcats, Mississippi Damned, and The Blind Side. Also I would use Django Unchained but in Gjango QT flips this and Django escapes, saves the girl, and makes revenge all on his own after his friend has died.
Blankman reverses this trope and has a black superhero save the day despite his nerdiness, try and save a white mayor, and defeat the bad guy. This goes against years of films to the contrary and I think it should be commended for this exact purpose.
It's one of those movies where the story isn't the best, the acting isn't the best, but the message and themes far exceed expectations and for that I rated it so highly.
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