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Bamboozled (2000)

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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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Mau Mau: Big Blak Afrika (Julius Hopkins) (as Mos Def)
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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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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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)

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$190,720 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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$2,185,266 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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Trivia

Spike Lee and Michael Rapaport share the same birthday, March 20th. See more »

Quotes

Dunwitty: You know, I grew up around black people my whole life. I mean, if the truth be told, I probably know niggas better than you. And don't go getting offended by my use of the quote-unquote N-word. I have a black wife and two biracial kids, so I feel I have a right. I don't give a God damn what that prick Spike Lee says. Tarantino was right. Nigger is just a word. If Ol' Dirty Bastard can use it every other word, why can't I?
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll over several "coon" collectable items that are wound-up. See more »

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References In Living Color (1990) See more »

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Blak Iz Blak
Written by Ron Lawrence, Yasiin Bey (as Dante Smith), Canibus (as Germaine Williams),
M.C. Serch (as Michael Berrin), Craig muMs Grant (as Craig Grant), Charli Baltimore (as Tiffany Lane),
, Gano Grills and DJ Scratch (as George Spivey)
Performed by Mau Maus
Featuring Yasiin Bey, Canibus, Charli Baltimore, M.C. Serch (as MC Serch),
DJ Scratch, Craig muMs Grant (as Mums) and Gano Grills
Mos Def appears Courtesy of MCA Records
MC Serch appears Courtesy of Serchlight/Warlock Records
Canibus appears Courtesy of Crazy World/Universal Records
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Scary
8 March 2002 | by (copenhagen, DK) – See all my reviews

Being white, and european, I'm not really sure about the point of this movie seen in an american perspective. But as a european it really opened my eyes to a strange fact: if your only knowledge about black America comes from television, you WOULD really think, that all afro-americans were gangsters, rappers or Urkel-like comedians, that is: stereotypes. You very rarely see an american show, or movie, where a black american is portrayed as a complex human being. And that really IS scary.


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