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I Got the Hook Up (1998)

 -  Comedy  -  27 May 1998 (USA)
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Two small time scam artists, Black and Blue, sell boom boxes and broken TVs from their van at the parking lot. When, by mistake, a shipment of cellular phones gets to them, it doesn't take long before FBI and gangsters are after them.

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William Knight ...
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Mia X ...
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T-Lay (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister. Jr.)
Cory 'Zooman' Miller ...
T-Lay Boy #1 (as Corey Miller)
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T-Lay Boy #3 (as Michael L. Taylor)
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Two broke buddies feel lucky when they come upon a truckload of cellular phones and begin selling them out of the back of their van. Trouble arises though, when the phones develop faults. The two friends then not only have to deal with unsatisfied customers but also the FBI. Written by Guy Johns

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A truckload of cell phones... turns into a boatload of cash!

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, crude sexual humor, nudity, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »
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I Got the Hook-Up  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,310,349 (USA) (29 May 1998)

Gross:

$10,305,534 (USA) (31 July 1998)
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Blue: Tell her I'll have on some gym socks and a backstage pass from a Kool Moe Dee concert.
Blue: Tell her I'll be wearing cowboy boots with some click-clacks around my neck.
Blue: Tell her I'll be butt naked with a belt on, and a beeper, and some Blu-Blockers.
Blue: Tell her I'ma be butt naked with a 'Bout It radio sticker sign on my ass. And a gold necklace. And a class ring.
Blue: Tell her I'ma be asshole naked with some handcuffs and a whip, and a hula skirt. And a saddle on my back. And a big-ass NFL hat on.
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Dire `comedy' from a man on an ego trip
3 February 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Black and Blue are two street hustlers who run a ghetto superstore. When they take delivery of a load of mobile phones they think they have it made and start selling them like hot cakes. However when their phones interfere with a radio broadcast, sending details of a money stash out over the air, the two men become the target of a local criminal. Meanwhile the mobile phone company are investigating the new numbers when Black's girlfriend Lorraine is unable to keep them all covered.

I watched `Barbershop' a few days ago and gave it a bad review, however now that I've seen this I feel I may have been harsh. This film is awful - yet more cheap crap banged out by No-Limit to try and add to Master P's bank book without any thought of quality control - how very like everything he does! The plot is, well, non-existent. It is merely a series of stupid jokes and scenes with little cohesion. The whole thing seems to be put together for two reasons, 1) to feed Master P's ego and 2) the mis-belief that black people want to see Ricki Lake characters.

An example of 1) is the way that the film goes into a playas club at one point, to allow our `heroes' to be surrounded by naked black girls - why? I have no idea but P seems to be having fun. The second thing is seen all through the film in that every character is a joke - a real annoying joke. Squealing and swearing non-stop every character is irritating and unlikeable and, true to form, any white person is a racist (who is brought low by a black man) or a snivelling nerd. Such lazy writing is just plain annoying and it doesn't work.

Worst of all is the fact that none of it is funny - none. I half smiled twice at the rapid mouth action of Blue but that was forced on my side. P is an awful actor - I saw him mugging in Dark Angel as well, but here he is worse. He seems to believe that he just needs to swagger and mumble to look cool and he is sadly mistaken. He just looks like a stereotype which I suppose he is - everything about his bling-bling lifestyle is just one big cliché that he brings nothing new to. Johnson is a little better because he makes fun of himself more than P does but even this is lazy swearing and mugging stuff. The rest of the cast is made up of `big-booty' type actresses who are sexy but no more than that and are just like you'd see on Jerry Springer - really lazy stuff guys.

Overall if you want a lazy, clichéd film that is full or stereotypes, swearing and cheap jokes but lacking a single laugh then this is the film for you. I think anyone who thinks they have seen a lame comedy should watch this film just to see how bad a bad comedy really is.


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