Don't Spend Your Benjamins on This One
- Wednesday, February 20, 2002
Best for: People who enjoy 5th-grade level, made-for-TV entertainment, with filthy language.
What it's about: Ice Cube plays Bucum Jackson, a Miami bounty hunter who's hot on the trail of Reggie Reed (Mike Epps), a con man who happens to lead Jackson to a front for stolen diamonds. Along the way, Epps loses his $60 million lottery ticket, and the two team up to recover it and get the diamonds. Both men are in over their heads, but in the end . . . it's all about the Benjamins! (I had to say it!)
The good: The jokes and banter between Epps and Cube are funny for a while but then start to wear on your nerves.
The not-so-good: Cube needs to either play a tough guy with a soft side or a softie that has a mean streak in him, but his character isn't mean enough or funny enough to carry this movie. Epps has his moments, but he's no Chris Rock, or Tucker for that matter. The two try their hardest to be funny, but after about the 100th "F"-word, I quit counting the horrendous language and got irritated that screenwriters Ron Lang and Ice Cube couldn't come up with more intelligent dialogue than, "I'm gon bus yo #@%& win dis is ovah!"
It's movies like this that make you wonder who was in the room when someone said this was a funny script. Did no one speak up? Do the studios like to lose money?
Offensive language: An abundant amount of the "F"-word and other profane and crude dialogue -- including a remark about sticking a finger up Oprah's anatomy.
Sexual situation: A couple have sex, but no nudity is shown.
Violence: Lot of gratuitous gun shots, splattered blood, torture of a wounded man, and a body is shot numerous times.
Parental advisory: Do not let your kids or teens see this one. It's a waste of time and money.
Bottom Line: This is strictly made-for-TV quality, but airing it on TV would require bleeped dialogue all the way through.
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