out of 4
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Starring: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans|
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
RunTime: 108 Minutes
Release Date: June 2004
|*Also starring: ||Brittany Daniel, Rochelle Aytes, Michael Teigen, John Henry Reardon, Suzy Joachim, John Heard, Frankie Faison, Terry Crews, Faune A. Chambers||
Review by Susan Granger
2 stars out of 4
In this drag comedy, Shawn and Marlon Wayans play ambitious FBI agents
who go deep undercover as high society debutantes to investigate a kidnapping
ring. Predictably, the homeboys exploit not only race, gender and class
stereotypes but also sex and etiquette.
Kevin and Marcus Copeland (the Wayans brothers) are assigned to transport
wealthy Brittany and Tiffany Wilson (Maitland Ward and Anne Dudek) from the
airport to a debutante party at an exclusive Hamptons resort because the
spoiled hotel heiresses are believed to be the targets of a kidnapping. But
when a minor mishap deters the ditsy, demanding divas (obviously modeled on
Paris and Nikki Hilton) from attending the soiree, Kevin and Marcus assume
their privileged identities. And as the narcissistic celebrities with an
attitude, they wreak havoc wherever they go.
Director Keenan Ivory Wayans, his co-writers and younger siblings
shamelessly "borrow" from cinematic predecessors like "Some Like It Hot" and
"Tootsie" in this spoof of dim-witted, dysfunctional behavior, while the
ambivalent social commentary dips into themes like insecurity vs. perfection
and belonging vs. love. Several of the episodic sketches evoke memories of "In
Living Color," the TV series that launched the Wayans family to stardom.
Credit special effects make-up artists Greg Cannon and Keith Vanderlaan
with pulling off the visual gimmick of thin African-American men passing as
voluptuous Caucasian women, even though the masquerade quickly grows tiresome.
That's when the Wayans brothers, once again, fall back on sophomoric G-string
and gross flatulence humor. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "White
Chicks" is a sassy, funky 5, aimed primarily at urban audiences.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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