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Pootie Tang (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Adventure  |  29 June 2001 (USA)
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Pootie Tang, the musician/actor/folk hero of the ghetto, is chronicled from his early childhood to his battles against the evil Corporate America, who try to steal his magic belt and make him sell out by endorsing addictive products to his people. Pootie must learn to find himself and defeat the evil corporation for all the young black children of America, supatime. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material, language and drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pootie Tang in Sine Your Pitty on the Runny Kine  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,506,233 (USA) (29 June 2001)


$3,293,258 (USA) (27 July 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


J.D. Wiliiams and Reg E. Cathey (Froggy and Dirty Dee) both stared in the HBO hit series "The Wire" See more »


When Pootie Tang records with Truckie and some music industry workers, he adjusts the levels on the mixing desk. He turns some of them down, and leaves some faders partly open. In the next shot, all of the faders are closed. See more »


Biggie Shorty: You think that just cuz a girl likes to dress fancy and stand on the corner next to some whores, that she's hookin?
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Crazy Credits

Deleted scenes and bloopers are shown during the end credits. See more »


Referenced in The Bernie Mac Show: Pink Gold (2003) See more »


A Woman Needs To Be Loved
by Carl Davis, Floyd Smith & Willie Henderson
Performed by KK
Produced by Whole 9
KK performs courtesy of Bell Entertainment
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my dilly
25 May 2007 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

It's criminal, how underrated this movie is. It's inspired on so many levels, and the encyclopedic knowledge of action films, hip-hop videos, 70s blaxploitation and chop-socky movies is breathtaking. I always think of it in the same class as THE JERK and ZOOLANDER, with a healthy respect for flat-out absurdity and non-stop gags. The filming style is rough, and the actors generally have no polish (an undoubtedly deliberate choice), which makes the sudden flashes of precision so devastatingly funny. Wanda Sykes, in particular, is absolute gold as party girl Biggie Shorty, but the film's full of co-stars - Andy Richter, Dave Attell, Jennifer Coolidge, J.D. Williams, Missy Elliott, and Robert Vaughan - who get their turn on the silliness carousel. I can imagine someone who isn't a fan, or at least an observer, of the above things would hate this movie like poison, but for me, who has seen more Jay-Z videos than I ever wanted to see and who can't help laughing when I see a man use kung-fu to bounce bullets off his hair (a gag too complicated to explain, but seamless on screen), POOTIE TANG is fantastic.

I'd recommend it more, but it's just too hard to describe!

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