Just got home from my third day at my new job at Harkins, the local theatre chain. I got off at 10:30, but didn't step in the house until half past midnight. My response to the "Where have you been?" stares in the living room:
"Don't be hatin' jus' cuz I roll up to da hizzouse late. I be makin' wit my benefits!"
Yep, Malibu's Most Wanted
was my first opportunity as an employee to see a free film. I've gotta say, though it's certainly no brilliant film, it was more solid than I expected and even funnier than I knew I could count on.
There's no hatin' this film! It was a riot, one of the few true bust-a-gut-laughing comedies so far this year. I was afraid Kennedy might get stale bringing his "B-Rad" character to the big screen, but he consistently managed to stay fully in character and, even better, do
something with that character. Catchphrases like "don't be hatin'", and the near-Shakespearean voices of Diggs and Anderson were all used in good moderation, perhaps a bit too much but not to a point of tiring. Kennedy, Diggs, Anderson, and Regina Hall all deserve a lot of credit; they were the cornerstones of the movie.
Unlike Bringing Down the House
, this film didn't feel insulting to watch. I didn't feel that, by enjoying the jokes, I was submitting to some die-hard strain of subtle racism. Perhaps it was thanks to the characters played by Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson: two proper, stage-trained actors posing as gangstas in an attempt to "scare the white boy" out of Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman (Kennedy). The duo seemed less fit for the ghetto than B-Rad. That's the point of this film: it's not the color of your skin or even where you grew up that matters; those things don't have to dictate who you are. Sure, it's a feel-good message with a hint of political correctness, but I'd take it any day over the questionable intentions of the aformentioned House
If you're out for a fun flick with friends, I can definitely recommend Malibu's Most Wanted
. And if you like The Jamie Kennedy Experience
, I don't know how you'll live with yourself if you don't see this movie! Personally, I've been waiting to see Jamie break out since his early days in Scream
, and I'm glad to see it happening. I'll probably buy the DVD just in hopes of keeping him going... and laugh with it a few more times.