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Undercover Brother
The "blaxploitation" genre of the 1970s meets the satirical humor of the Austin Powers series with this comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee and writer John Ridley. Eddie Griffin stars as Undercover Brother, an afro-sporting, solid gold Cadillac-driving anachronism who considers himself a "Robin of the 'hood." Recruited by the top-secret B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. organization, UB is informed that the country's first black presidential candidate, military hero General Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams) is being marginalized into a chicken restaurant owner as a result of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's breezily entertaining and culturally specific without resorting to gross-out jokes or cruelty."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Instead of packing an R-rated, politically incorrect punch, the film goes for the easy laughs without getting too raunchy or violent, and the result is mildly amusing but mostly mediocre."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Stereotype-based satire; not for young kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Much funnier and craftier than it had any right to be."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...zips along at a frenetic pace, but the lack of plot does eventually catch up with the rest of the movie."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Much of Undercover Brother plays as a funnier, if similarly addled, Bamboozled."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Even the soundtrack selections are second- or third-hand."
‑ Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
""Undercover Brother" fares better as a blaxploitation spoof than as silly-spy shtick. Scathing but not scatological, "Brother's" withering insights are equal opportunity: Here, white guilt is as satirically punishable an offense as propping up prejudice."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Every little piece of this project fell magically, hilariously in place, even if some of its gags don't quite hit the target."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Not for one moment does it get serious or stop for a straight action sequence, and yet it develops into something genuinely exciting, just through the enthusiastic velocity of its streams of jokes and images."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"The film works no matter which side of the racial divide you're on, because nothing unites an audience quite like making fun of everyone."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"Even during periods when the belly laughs subside, Griffin continues to keep it really amusing with his exuberant flair for physical comedy and mock-serious swagger."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"funny at parts"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"The problem is, that half the time I laughed myself silly, while the other half, I was egregiously offended."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"If you like the Austin Powers franchise, chances are you'll like this, regardless of your race. If you don't, we'll, I'd have to say you're just a jive turkey."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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