Marci X
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Paul Rudnick provides the script for the Scott Rudin-produced comedy Marci X, directed by Richard Benjamin. The new song "Shoot Ya' Teacha" by controversial hardcore rapper Dr. S. (short for Dr. Snatchcatcher, played by Damon Wayans) causes a public outcry. The stress causes a heart attack for the owner of the hardcore rap record label Felony Assault (played by director Benjamin). It's up to his stylishly sunny daughter Marci (Lisa Kudrow) to take over his business. She tries to rescue the record label by changing the negative image of Dr. S. in order to appeal to a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

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"Marci X, though, is just clueless and sad, seemingly having missed the point that hip-hop is no longer a novelty to be slapped on the cheek with a white glove."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"It's no masterpiece, but I found it consistently good-hearted and sometimes hilarious, and the sparse crowd I saw it with was laughing as much as I was, especially at the outrageous rap numbers."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is a messy disaster at which you can only scratch your head and mutter, "What were they thinking?""
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Seemingly endless movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's the kind of movie that Mel Brooks used to make, warts and all."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"[it] might better have been called Marci Why."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"If the context of Marci X were more realistic, a lot of these gags would soar. But the context is drag-show dinner theater."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Most of the laughs come from the questionable taste of Benjamin's subject matter, as opposed to any genuine wit."
‑ Sloan Freer, Radio Times
"There's a tawdry, self-congratulatory air about the film that leaves a bad taste."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"A sketch comedy that misses more than it hits."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Rudnick can be an extraordinarily clever writer, but he doesn't seem to understand that a screenplay has to entail more than a series of skit ideas strung together."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A movie apparently determined to set back the progress of blacks in American culture by several decades."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"The film sheds weak satirical light on the issues of freedom of speech, media responsibility, and oppression of minorities. It's anybody's guess who the target audience could be."
‑ M. K. Terrell, Christian Science Monitor
"Marci X is the kind of terrible movie I'm almost glad I've seen, because this decade probably won't bring a worse movie than this."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Como algum est˙dio p˘de aprovar este roteiro? Como os atores aceitaram participar do projeto? Como este conseguiu ser lanšado? Como Benjamin pode ser chamado de 'cineasta'?"
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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