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DysFunktional Family (2003)

Documentary on comedian Eddie Griffin who heads back home to a family reunion, which includes two uncles - one a porn director and the other an ex-pimp.

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Concert performance of Eddie Griffin that includes behind-the-scenes documentary footage detailing the stand-up comedian's personal life and family as he travels to a family reunion to reunite with the cast of characters who are the root of his comedy: his mother, an uncle who was an ex-pimp, and his Uncle Curtis, who pontificates on his career as a porno director. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and drug-related humor | See all certifications »

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$1,079,797 (USA) (4 April 2003)

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$2,223,990 (USA) (25 April 2003)
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Can't stop the funk
18 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eddie Griffin has never had his big break in either acting or stand up comedy. But Dysfunktional Family proves that he should at least be given a strong round of applause. This is about two-thirds stand up, and one-third skit as Eddie Griffin goes back home to show us the people who inspired him and paved the way for his comedic life.

The stand up portion of the film is by far the best part. Eddie Griffin performs in front of a full house talking about racism, 9/11, women, and of course, sex. He talks about why women are known for receiving and not for giving, and why Michael Jackson won't be recognized when entered into Heaven.

The topics are diverse, but nonetheless hilarious. When people grab the mic and rant and rave and at least stand for a point rather than trying to say the funniest thing possible, I respect them. Dysfunktional Family is also made up of various skits showcasing where Eddie Griffin's sense of humor came from. We see both of his uncles - one an aspiring porn director, the other an ex-pimp. We see his mother discuss some aspects about Eddie's childhood and more.

I've never been fond of skits or any kind of set-up acts in comedy specials because it usually overshadows the true humor in the film. Putting on a set-up skit hoping to get laughs isn't funny - grabbing the mic and ranting on the world is. Dysfunktional Family keeps the skits to a bare-minimum, and focuses on Eddie Griffin's family, which is a positive thing. If anything, that is what it should do in the first place.

While this is short, it doesn't really go anywhere fast. The end tries to squeeze in a quote to make this seem like it has a moral, but the true reason this was made was likely to show what made Eddie Griffin himself. Why he is the way he is. What his parents think of his success, and his reactions to certain issues in his life.

The total number of times "the n word" is said clocks in at three-hundred and eighty two times. Like with Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat I can't tell if Griffin is using it consistently to be funny or on-purpose. For whatever reason, it almost makes it funnier. Especially when he imitates white people. I should be offended - but if I said I was I'd be lying.

Dysfunktional Family is cute and giddy fun which is really all that can be said. It gets continuously harder to review comedy specials because there truly isn't much to say aside from quoting the numerous lines. But you usually don't want to do that because you run the risk of spoiling things for other audiences. If you want to witness vulgarity, crudeness, excessive amounts of sex talk, and just all out chaos then I can't recommend Dysfunktional Family more.

Performed by: Eddie Griffin. Directed by: George Gallo.


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