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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
8/10 for a little movie I had never heard of before today that I now see has a shockingly low IMDb score? Have my few braincells finally left my heavy skull or does this movie deserve to be seen by more people?
I opt for the latter. Pootie Tang is all about . . . . . Pootie Tang (played by Lance Crouther), a man who men want to be and women want to be with. He's a recording artist, an actor, an inspiration to children everywhere and a thorn in the side of evil corporate America. And he does all this with the aid of his powerful belt, bestowed upon him from his father's (Chris Rock, in one of a few roles he plays) deathbed. Of course, everyone likes to see the mighty fall and this is precisely what some nasty folk have in mind for Pootie Tang so the movie chronicles his early years, his amazing status in modern times and his fall from grace as evil businessmen try to gain and profit from his image.
Lance Crouther is great in the leading role, all nonsensical talk and smooth charm, and the rest of the cast are all pretty uniformly hilarious. Yes, the bigger names like Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes and Jennifer Coolidge get more time to wring laughs but everyone involved plays their part to perfection, getting maximum comedy value from even the smallest of dumb gags.
Writer/director Louis C.K. has crafted a little gem of a film that really deserves a far bigger audience and while it could be accused of being little more than a parody pastiche it becomes more than the sum of it's parts thanks to some spot-on humour, excellent performances and a marvellously wacky sensibility. Seek it out and you won't be disappointed.
See this if you like: Undercover Brother, Fear Of A Black Hat, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.
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