Hopefully this doesn’t upset the funky flow that Brother Patrick has going on. His movie marathon is running long and I thought about holding out until he was done. I couldn’t stop the funk so I thought I’d talk about Undercover Brother, a post-blaxploitation film starring Eddie Griffin, Chi McBride, Dave Chappelle, Chris Kattan, and Neil Patrick Harris. This film came out in 2002 and considering that most comedies tend to grow stale as time goes on, I have nothing bad to say about it. I can only really speak good about it and that’s what I intend on doing.
The premise is very simple and was derived from a comic series of the same name. “The Man” is hellbent on getting the black influence out of modern society. The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. is an organization fighting for truth, justice, and the Afro-American way (since 1972). In a harebrained scheme, a would-be black presidential candidate is given a mind-control drug and instead starts up a fried chicken chain that can be used to spread the mind-control substance to everybody. Undercover Brother has to go undercover (see what they did there?) to stop the scheme. Along the way, Denise Richards shows up as White She-Devil, the “black man’s kryptonite”. Hilarity and hi-jinx ensue.
Some highlights of this 85 min masterpiece are the amazing soundtrack, the lengths Undercover Brother is willing to go to keep funky, and NPH losing his shit on some cronies of “The Man”. It’s genuinely a great movie and having not seen it in probably ten years, I was hesitant that it might not hold up to the memory. I stand corrected and this movie is pure cinematic gold. What it is and keep it funky. Solid.