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B*A*P*S (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 March 1997 (USA)
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Two tacky homegirls move to L.A. to become dancers; instead they scam a dying millionaire but eventually become B*A*P*S (Black American Princesses).

Director:

Robert Townsend

Writer:

Troy Byer (as Troy Beyer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Nisi
Martin Landau ... Mr. Donald Blakemore
Ian Richardson ... Manley
Natalie Desselle Reid ... Mickey (as Natalie Desselle)
Troy Byer ... Tracy Shaw (as Troy Beyer)
Luigi Amodeo ... Antonio
Jonathan Fried ... Isaac
Pierre Edwards ... Ali (as Pierre)
Anthony Johnson ... James (as A.J. Johnson)
Bernie Mac ... Mr. Johnson
Darrel Heath ... Terrance
Vincent Cook Vincent Cook ... Z.Z.
Faizon Love ... Tiger J
Rudy Ray Moore ... Nate
Darrow Igus Darrow Igus ... Bartender
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Storyline

Nisi and Mickey are girlfriends who work as waitresses. To get the necessary money for opening their dream restaurant they fly to California to audition for a music video. There Nisi is asked by the nephew of Mr.Blakemore's (who is video director) to act for a week as granddaughter of Lily, Mr.Blakemores one true love, whom he lost long ago and couldn't pursue because she was his family's housekeeper. They revive Blakemore's interest for life, and he teaches them to be "Black American Princesses" in return. Written by Anonymous

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These Pretty Women... Are Clueless!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B.A.P.S. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,742,679, 30 March 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,240,837, 30 May 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Nate: Now why did you have to burn my toast, baby?
Nisi: Now you know said you wanted everything well done.
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Get Down On It
(1984)
Written by Kool & The Gang, Ronald Bell (as Bell) & J.T. Taylor (as Taylor)
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Dumb, dumb `comedy' that expects you to laugh whenever one of the black leads squeals....
27 May 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Nisi and Mickey travel into LA to audition for a music video as dancers. They fail the audition but are hired by a man to pose as the granddaughters of rich Mr Blakemore. However the man's son Isaac appears to have more in mind that just this as the two countrified, black princesses stumble their way around in a rich man's world.

It's hard to believe – when watching Halle Berry collected the best actress Oscar in 2002 than only a few years earlier she was in a dog like this! The story is almost a black Pygmalion in it's rags to riches type setting. It's possible to see how it might have worked – but I'm afraid it didn't work at all. The story is unimportant if the laughs come fast and thick….however I barely smiled once. The level of comedy is aimed at an audience who laugh simply because a character talks like a guest on Jerry Springer, ie squealing and yelling `girrrrrrrl!' etc. The comedy never gets above this – it's tacky and silly.

Backing this up is Berry and Desselle. Deselle is terrible – simply hamming up her `blackness' – it's amazing that black audiences are happy with stereotypes and caricatures like this. Berry tries but is poor, mainly due to the material but also because she isn't a tacky country ho! It's amazing that the makers of this film manage to make this classy lady look cheap and ugly by sticking her in gold teeth, cheap clothes and tacky personality. Landau is embarrassing – at times you can see him close his eyes and just thinking of his Ed Wood Oscar! The only one that comes off well is Richardson's Manley – although he is a white Jeffery (Fresh Prince). The list of black cameos (Rodman, Leon, LL Cool J, several MTV vee-jays) don't actual add interest other than to make you wonder how so many managed to get involved in this.

Overall this is not so much bad as just plain embarrassing for all involved. It shows Berry's talent that she came out of this and managed to further her career. Zero laughs, zero interest – a million cringes, what a load of BAPS!


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