Malibus Most Wanted

Directed By: John Whitesell Starring: Jamie Kennedy

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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!

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40226569
UPC 085392799626
UPC 14 00085392799626
Format DVD
Release Date 11/14/2006
Rating Rating
Keywords
Crime
Fathers And Sons
Gangsters
Music
Parody
Rap Artists
Satire
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Directors
John Whitesell
Actors
Jamie Kennedy
Cast & Crew
Anthony Anderson - Actor
Blair Underwood - Actor
Bo Derek - Actor
Damien Wayans - Actor
Jamie Kennedy - Actor
Regina Hall - Actor
Ryan O'Neal - Actor
Taye Diggs - Actor
Mark Irwin - Cinematographer
John Whitesell - Director
Cara Silverman - Editor
Adam Small - Producer
Mike Karz - Producer
Fax Bahr - Producer
William A. Elliott - Production Designer
Jamie Kennedy, et al. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 27996
UPC 00085392799626
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 86 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource EFilmcritic.com
Review 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.
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Reviewer Scott Weinberg
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource L.A. Times
Review 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.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Kevin Thomas
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Quotes
US Weekly Big laughs in a plain white rapper.
FOX-TV A hip-hop comedy classic for everyone from the burbs to the block.

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