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All About the Benjamins

movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: All About the Benjamins

Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps
Director: Kevin Bray
Rated: R
RunTime: 99 Minutes
Release Date: March 2002
Genres: Action, Comedy

*Also starring: Tommy Flanagan, Anthony Michael Hall, Eva Mendes, Valarie Rae Miller, Jodi Lyn, Anthony Giaimo, Carmen Chaplin, Roger Guenveur Smith

Review by Steve Rhodes
1½ stars out of 4

With its colorful Miami setting, Kevin Bray's ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS wants to be a violent "Miami Vice" with all-black leads. It gets the setting right but little else in this action comedy about a bounty hunter named Bucum Jackson. As the bounty hunter, Ice Cube gives a likeable performance in a terminally lame movie.

The story has Bucum trying to collar Reggie Wright (Mike Epps), who "goes to jail more than Robert Downey, Jr." Reggie, a perpetual screw-up, loses his girlfriend's winning sixty million dollar lottery ticket. This produces a subplot in which Reggie tries to recover the ticket. Along the way, the script gives the actors dialog that serves only to mark time. "You know what I'm sayin'? You know what I'm sayin'?" is typical of Reggie's paragraph punctuations.

Just so that you won't miss the story's only decent joke, I need to point out that Bocum is pronounced "Book 'em." Now that you have savored the movie's one laugh there is no longer any need to waste your money on a ticket.

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS runs 1:30. It is rated R for "strong violence, pervasive language and brief sexuality" and would be acceptable for older teenagers.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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