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Fifty Shades of Black (2016)

R | | Comedy | 29 January 2016 (USA)
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An inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship.

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Michael Tiddes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Wayans ... Christian Black
Kali Hawk ... Hannah Steale
Fred Willard ... Gary
Mike Epps ... Ron
Affion Crockett ... Eli
Jane Seymour ... Claire
Florence Henderson ... Mrs. Robinson
Andrew Bachelor ... Jesse
Jenny Zigrino ... Kateesha
Kate Miner ... Ashley
Sydney Castillo Sydney Castillo ... Sydney
Irene Choi ... Mai
Russell Peters ... Dean Jordan
D.C. Ervin D.C. Ervin ... DC (as DC Ervin)
Chaunte Wayans ... Charlese
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Storyline

Christian Black introduces shy college student Hannah Steale to the world of "romance" after she interviews him for her school newspaper. Their kinky relationship stumbles forward despite Christian's shortcomings as a lover and the antics of his racist adoptive mother Claire, his well-endowed brother Eli and Hannah's hyper-sexual roommate Kateesha..

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Once you go black, you never go gray. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude sexual content including some graphic nudity, and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

50 sombras negras See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,900,528, 31 January 2016

Gross USA:

$11,675,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,164,799
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shanna Malcolm auditioned for a role in the film. See more »

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Hannah is seen using knitting needles on a crocheted granny afghan (which is made with a hook). See more »

Quotes

Hannah Steele: [after Christian buys cable ties and tape] If I didn't know better, I might mistake you for a serial killer.
Christian Black: Haha, don't be ridiculous. If I was a serial killer I'd need rope, ax, lye, ammonia, chloropill, wood chipper, plastic sheets, and three large boxes of space pampers! And a shovel. On second thought, I think I need to pick up a few more items.
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Under Your Spell
Written by Mansa Wakili, Cheapshot (as Colton Fisher), Jason Rabinowitz, and Jaron Lamot
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It's time Marlon Wayans and Michael Tiddes be held accountable for ushering in the real lowest common denominator of humor
29 January 2016 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

You would think with all the accumulated earnings the Wayans brothers, Shawn and Marlon, have obtained after being on Television and in films for years that they would invest their money and their time in projects that would be a bit more thoughtful and entertaining. Instead, ever since the runaway success of "A Haunted House" in 2013, the two, particularly Marlon, have been keen on making movies that fit the bill for the lowest common denominator of entertainment. "Fifty Shades of Black," a horribly obvious and persistently unfunny array of cheapshots at the erotic novel/film series that is already too easy to joke about, continues Marlon's streak and incredible failing to make something out of his Baby Way Productions company.

I've always found it interesting that while Tyler Perry's films are anything but consistent, and there are about an equal number of bad films in his catalog as good films, he often gets blamed for making films about black people that cater to the lowest common denominator and showcase them in a negative light, yet the recent collaborations of Marlon Wayans and Michael Tiddes go pretty much unscathed. These are films that evoke some of the most putrid and ugly stereotypes about nearly every race and, for that matter, exist simply as unapologetically crude and contrived projects that do nothing but attempt to evoke laughs based on brand-recognition. These films are just a slight notch above the dreaded works of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.

As hinted, "Fifty Shades of Black" is a parody of "Fifty Shades of Grey," and it takes pretty much the safest, most convenient route to parody the film by making the jokes largely centered around the absurdity of BDSM and its culture, race and ethnic humor, the ordinariness and "ugliness" of its lead female character, and the enigma surrounding its titular character, who in this case, is Christian Black (Marlon Wayans). Christian is a multi-millionaire mogul who begins a sexual relationship with his new intern, Hannah Steale (Kali Hawk) and what entails is a relationship filled with sex, sexual violence, and downright bizarre encounters.

While whatever Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison gang is cooking up this year is likely to get plenty of Razzie nominations, Marlon Wayans and his cast of familiar faces such as Affion Crockett, Missi Pyle, Mike Epps, Fred Willard, and more should be looking at the same award. It's incredibly rare to see a cast ostensibly operate on auto-pilot and look like the end product bearing some essence of quality is the furthest thing from their minds, but perhaps given the lazy screen writing of Rick Alvarez and Wayans himself, this was to be expected.

Shockingly enough, "Fifty Shades of Black" offers more laughs than both of the "Haunted House" films put together, especially during a sequence that parodies one of last year's Best Picture contenders at the Academy Awards. However, in order to get to this sequence, one has to succumb to the drudgery of enough racial and bathroom humor - so much that it gives Laura Mulvey's concept of "phallocentrism" a whole different angle to explore - that it ultimately isn't worth sitting through the amount of trivial nonsense to get to that particular scene.

We're not even in February yet and this year has already been incredibly interesting for comedies. After seeing "Ride Along 2," I didn't think many more comedies of the year would get much worse than that. Then I saw "Dirty Grandpa" the following week and I thought the same thing; there was most likely the weakest comedy of 2016 that I would have to sit through. Now, almost exactly a week later, I've seen "Fifty Shades of Black," and if this isn't the worst comedy of 2016, I seriously fear what I have to endure in the coming eleven months.


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