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Director: John Whitesell     Starring: Jamie Kennedy
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40226569
UPC: 085392799626
UPC 14: 00085392799626
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Dont be hatin'
Concerned that his wannabe rapper son is going to ruin his campaign, a would be governer hires two black actors to teach his white son what the hood is all about!

"Big laughs in a plain white rapper.  US Weekly
"A hip-hop comedy classic for everyone from the burbs to the block.  FOX-TV

Editor's Note
Jamie Kennedy co-wrote and stars in this surprisingly tender comedy about keeping it real, in more ways than one. Kennedy is Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman, an aspiring gangsta rapper who just so happens to be the son of wealthy California governor hopeful Bill Gluckman (Ryan O'Neal). Fearful that Brad's behavior is ruining Bill's campaign, campaign manager Tom (Blair Underwood) hires two actors to portray real-life gangsters and take B-Rad through an eye-opening tour of the actual 'hood, scaring the "black out of him." Sean (Taye Diggs) and P.J. (Anthony Anderson) are forced to recruit P.J.'s cousin, Shondra (Regina Hall), to help out with the scam, considering they're as ignorant of the ghetto as B-Rad himself. Soon, the game is underway. But when Shondra's ex-boyfriend (Damien Dante Wayans) becomes jealous of her seeming affection for B-Rad, he brings actual bullets into the mix. As the danger level rises, B-Rad begins to understand just how misunderstood he is. Yet he never buckles under the pressure, proving that if one stays true to oneself, anything is possible. Director John Whitesell finally makes the leap from television to the big-screen with this charming comedy, which is packed with laughs and a bumping hip-hop soundtrack.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/14/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 86 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 27996
Video UPC UPC: 00085392799626
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.40:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony Anderson
Video Cast Info Blair Underwood
Video Cast Info Bo Derek
Video Cast Info Damien Wayans
Video Cast Info Jamie Kennedy
Video Cast Info Regina Hall
Video Cast Info Ryan O'Neal
Video Cast Info Taye Diggs
Video Cast Info Mark Irwin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Whitesell - Director
Video Cast Info Cara Silverman - Editor
Video Cast Info Adam Small - Producer
Video Cast Info Mike Karz - Producer
Video Cast Info Fax Bahr - Producer
Video Cast Info William A. Elliott - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jamie Kennedy, et al. - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...[A] lightning-tongued movie, embellished with joking rap parodies..." 04/18/2003 p.E28

Box Office
...[Kennedy] plays his beach community-bred 'playa' with gusto, exuding the perfect specimen of an urban poseur..." 06/01/2003 p.58

Entertainment Weekly
"...The cast's enthusiasm, and the filmmakers' creative restraint keep WANTED alive..." 09/19/2003 p.71 7 of 10
If you're looking for something artistic and brilliantly conceived, I suggest you search elsewhere. But there's something to be said for a straight sitcom flick that delivers the laughs. - Scott Weinberg

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
Jamie Kennedy is a success on TV, where this same character, nicknamed B-Rad, originated. He's fresh and aggressive, a natural clown, and has a lot of funny lines, as when he's asked where he learned to handle an automatic rifle and he replies, "Grand Theft Auto 3," This inspires a detailed conversation with a real gangster about competing game platforms.

The elements here might have added up to a movie with real bite, but Malibu's Most Wanted plays it safe. It doesn't help that Eminem's 8 Mile provided a recent and convincing treatment of what it might be like for a white rapper in the inner city.

The subject is touchy, of course--race often is--but the solution might have been to push harder, not to fall back on reliable formulas. - Roger Ebert

L.A. Times 7 of 10
Malibu's Most Wanted plays like Warren Beatty's 1998 Bulworth, in which Beatty cast himself as a truth-telling California senatorial candidate courting the black vote, substantially reworked and revved up to appeal to a broad audience of primarily young males. Although it had its queasy moments, some intentional, some perhaps not, Bulworth was an ambitious satire; by aiming considerably lower, Malibu's Most Wanted may well end up doing far better at the box office. - Kevin Thomas

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