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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).

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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!

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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28 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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

Gross:

$7,240,837 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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Nisi: You remember when we took those CPR classes?
Mickey: Yeah - All the cute guys were in there.
Nisi: Didn't you learn anything?
Mickey: No... But I met James.
Nisi: Shh... we gonna check his heart to see if it's still beating... Go on. Check it.
Mickey: You check it.
Nisi: You check it.
Mickey: You check it...
Nisi: YOU CHECK IT! It's on yo side!
Mickey: [Mickey laid her head against Mr. B's neck to see if he was still alive] He's alive!
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Good Life
Written by Kevin Saunderson (as K. Saunderson), Paris Grey (as P. Grey) & Ray Holman (as R. Holman)
Performed by Inner City
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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It's not so bad...
14 May 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember this movie was in limited release when it came out in 1997. I was able to catch it when it appeared on TMN, our movie channel up here in Canada. Being a fan of Robert Townsend, I really liked his past work like "Hollywood Shuffle" and his TV show "The Parenthood", so I knew I was going to like this flick. Though the beginning of the movie is a little on the weak side, it starts picking up to a nice pace and is entertaining.

Some reviewers were offended by the way African-Americans are portrayed in this movie, as ghetto talking and jiving boneheads. For me, I don't see it that way, I just see it as a comedy-straight up. I can see how people would be offended though, because most of the movies that came out before movies like "Waiting to Exhale" & "The Brothers" came out either portrayed the African-Americans as uneducated ghetto talking airheads, or gangsters, pimps, & drug dealers. Another thing I noticed from some of the reviews both on IMDB & other sources, is that the writers think that it has set back the clock for black actors etc. It was directed by an African-American, which I may add, never received his just props in Hollywood. In conclusion, if it makes you laugh, which the fine actors in this movie achieve whole heartedly, it's all good.


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