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B*A*P*S (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 March 1997 (USA)
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Two tacky homegirls move to L.A. to become dancers; instead they scam a dying millionaire but eventually become B*A*P*S (Black American Princesses).



(as Troy Beyer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey (as Natalie Desselle)
Tracy Shaw (as Troy Beyer)
Ali (as Pierre)
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Nisi and Mickey are girlfriends who work as waitresses. To get the necessary money for opening their dream restaurant they fly to California to audition for a music video. There Nisi is asked by the nephew of Mr.Blakemore's (who is video director) to act for a week as granddaughter of Lily, Mr.Blakemores one true love, whom he lost long ago and couldn't pursue because she was his family's housekeeper. They revive Blakemore's interest for life, and he teaches them to be "Black American Princesses" in return. Written by Anonymous

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These Pretty Women... Are Clueless!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

28 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

B.A.P.S.  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,742,679 (USA) (28 March 1997)


$7,240,837 (USA) (30 May 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Toilet seat position in bathroom See more »


Mickey: D, what are we going to do when we get off that plane? We ain't got no money, no apartment, nothing. Man, we're worse than when we started out.
Nisi: Maybe... but maybe not. Some things are just priceless, you know, Mick?
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Written by Steve Mac, Alistair Tennant, Wayne Hector & Marcus Johnson
Performed by Damage
Courtesy Big Life Records
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Delightful fun
12 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

B.A.P.s, stylized as B*A*P*S, is an all around excellent movie. The actors and actresses made this a surefire hit for anyone who watches it, or at least in my opinion they did, obviously not a handful of other IMDbers, for Halle Berry and Natalie Desselie are remarkable and capture their characters wonderfully giving them so much lovableness that I couldn't help but care for their charades and experiences.

It is so humorous and has great deliverance of the dialog, even if it's not the best dialog, beautiful scenario, the lighting at least in some scenes was gorgeous, and so many wonderful and unforgettable parts such as the bathroom scene, which I thought was the funniest scene in the movie, and when they're all out dancing around the end, which just makes me all warm inside because they're having such a good time without a care in the world, and that's what this movie was trying to show.

I don't believe there was really anything particularly wrong with this movie at all except that of course it is very mediocre at times. I'm tired of everyone calling it absolutely terrible, because I have come to understand that most every "black comedy" on this website is unfairly maligned. It wasn't boring and it certainly was not overrated, and this movie is an awesome and compelling film that is so wonderfully put together and has so many scenes that just make you want to smile through the whole rest of the movie, which I did, even if I was crying, and to this day, I have loved it ever since my first viewing. If you're not racist/sexist like a lot of IMDb, you can enjoy this movie, otherwise, just back off.

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