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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).

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High school loser (Cannon) pays a cheerleader (Milian) to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool. Remake of 1987's 'Can't Buy Me Love,' starring Patrick Dempsey.

Director: Troy Byer
Stars: Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Jordan Burg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nisi
... Mr. Donald Blakemore
... Manley
... Mickey (as Natalie Desselle)
... Tracy Shaw (as Troy Beyer)
... Antonio
... Isaac
... Ali (as Pierre)
... James (as A.J. Johnson)
... Mr. Johnson
Darrel Heath ... Terrance
Vincent Cook ... Z.Z.
... Tiger J
... Nate
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!

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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28 March 1997 (USA)  »

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B.A.P.S.  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Troy Byer, who also wrote the film's screenplay, was disappointed by the film's final product. See more »

Goofs

The position of the toilet seat changes. See more »

Quotes

Mickey: You think Ali and James miss us?
Nisi: I don't know, but I know I miss my man...
Mickey: Uh uh... you NEED to scoot over cause I ain't got no problem sleepin' on this expensive white carpet, cause I know it's poodle hair.
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References Batman (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Down On It
(1984)
Written by Kool & The Gang, Ronald Bell (as Bell) & J.T. Taylor (as Taylor)
Performed by Kool & The Gang
Courtesy of Mercury Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Polygram Filmand TV Licensing
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It's not so bad...
14 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I remember this movie was in limited release when it came out in 1997. I was able to catch it when it appeared on TMN, our movie channel up here in Canada. Being a fan of Robert Townsend, I really liked his past work like "Hollywood Shuffle" and his TV show "The Parenthood", so I knew I was going to like this flick. Though the beginning of the movie is a little on the weak side, it starts picking up to a nice pace and is entertaining.

Some reviewers were offended by the way African-Americans are portrayed in this movie, as ghetto talking and jiving boneheads. For me, I don't see it that way, I just see it as a comedy-straight up. I can see how people would be offended though, because most of the movies that came out before movies like "Waiting to Exhale" & "The Brothers" came out either portrayed the African-Americans as uneducated ghetto talking airheads, or gangsters, pimps, & drug dealers. Another thing I noticed from some of the reviews both on IMDB & other sources, is that the writers think that it has set back the clock for black actors etc. It was directed by an African-American, which I may add, never received his just props in Hollywood. In conclusion, if it makes you laugh, which the fine actors in this movie achieve whole heartedly, it's all good.


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