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Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  18 April 2003 (USA)
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A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rapper.

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Brad Gluckman (Kennedy) is a wannabe rap star from Malibu who acts and talks like he's from the "'hood." Concerned that his son is going to embarrass him during his campaign to become the governor of California, Brad's wealthy father and his campaign manager (Underwood), hire two trained actors (Diggs and Anderson) to disguise themselves as "real life gangstaz", and kidnap his son, dropping him off in the "real hood" in Compton, in an effort to scare the ghettofied attitude and behavior out of him. Written by Anonymous

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Hard to criticize a comedy that doesn't want to be anything clever
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I assume Malibu's Most Wanted is a parody of the lifestyle and career of Eminem taken in an over the top, silly format. There isn't really a message to be said here either come to think of it. It's one of those late night comedies that you watch for the hell of it. There really isn't a whole lot to criticize.

A white boy, wanna be gangster rapper from Malibu nicknamed B-Rad (Kennedy) is the son of his Governor candidate father who needs to hatch a plan to get his son out of the way so he can win the election and not be made a mockery of. He decides to send his son with two actors (Anderson and Diggs) who are told to fake carjack him when with a girl (Hall) and take him into the real hood to show him life isn't what it's made out to be.

Naturally, B-Rad still wants to pursue his gangster rapper image which proves to only land him in hot water with people at clubs and real gangbangers. I think we know the direction the film takes after that.

The film relies entirely on clichés and traditional good/bad life lessons. It's hard to review a goofy comedy like this and it's even harder to lengthen a review of it because there is only one complaint; it's too cliché.

Lots of one liners are dropped, all hit or miss, with several hitting. Still a comedy based off of one liners usually isn't a good comedy. But if the film has a great duo like Chris Farley and David Spade, the antics speak for themselves.

I did get a kick out of seeing Anthony Anderson in the movie, but sadly, he doesn't add too much here either. Jamie Kennedy is a likable character, and Kal Penn makes a cameo in the film as well. Numerous little perks here, but ruined by the storyline used one too many times. Malibu's Most Wanted isn't too impressive.

Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Taye Diggs, Anthony Anderson, Ryan O'Neal, Blair Underwood, Damien Wayans, Kal Penn, Bo Derek, and Regina Hall. Directed by: John Whitesell.


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