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A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

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Dark, biting satire of the television industry, focusing on an Ivy-League educated black writer at a major network. Frustrated that his ideas for a "Cosby Show"-esque take on the black family has been rejected by network brass, he devises an outlandish scheme: reviving the minstrel show. The hook: instead of white actors in black face, the show stars black actors in even blacker face. The show becomes an instant smash, but with the success also come repercussions for all involved. Written by N. Cognito <nobody@noplace>

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Starring the great negroe actors

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Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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20 October 2000 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,720, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,185,266, 19 November 2000
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Damon Wayans and Tommy Davidson previously starred together in the Fox sitcom In Living Color See more »

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Honeycutt: Niggas is a beautiful thang.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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What were they thinking?
22 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this movie and I have two main problems with it?

1. Michael Rappaport: He was terribly miscast in this movie as a subvertly racist white executive. I've seen him in a lot of movies and he's the type of white guy that is so down that if he said the 'n' word around a group of black guys, he would probably be able to get away with it (I'm black, btw). The part would have been better played by someone like Mark-Paul Gosselaar or Matthew McConaughey, white guys who would be totally unconvincing if they tried to act "black". Rappaport is too convincing and that's the problem. The character was supposed to be oblivious to his own racism but clearly obvious to the audience. I didn't see Rappaport as a racist because he was too down.

2. The execution: The plot would have been better if Damon Wayan's character created a TV show that was not blatantly offensive but still controversial (kind of like the shows Martin, In Living Color, or Homeboys in Outer Space). Spike Lee insults the audience's intelligence by making a complete minstrel show that no person (black or white) with a conscience (and a brain) would find entertaining in the 21th century.

The only thing I liked was Damon Wayans and Savion Glover. Wayan's voice was grating but his acting was still good enough to carry the movie. Glover proved that he has other talents aside from tap dancing. This movie could have been an Oscar winner but the execution was completely off.


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