A genial, if rather scattershot, send-up of '70s blaxploitation flicks and various other bits of pop culture detritus that's good for a couple of well-earned laughs but ultimately overstays its welcome. The titular Pootie (Lance Crouther) is a sort of all-purpose Afro-American superhero, at once a crime fighter (he can deflect bullets with his hair), a movie star, a rapper, a beloved inner city role model and most important a martial artist who does truly amazing things with a cheap belt bequeathed to him by his father (Chris Rock, in one of several amusing character turns). Basically, as one character puts it, he's the Da Vinci of ass-kicking. His only problem is that he's too cool for words. Literally Pootie speaks in an impenetrable jive dialect that even his best friends can't always translate, though they generally know what he means. As one-joke premises go, this isn't the worst, and writer/director Louis C.K. (previously better known as a somewhat sinister standup comic) has a lot of fun tweaking the whole SUPERFLY gestalt, even if he can't really be bothered with anything resembling a plot. He seems to have conceived the picture as a sort of anarchic, hip-hop HELLZAPOPPIN' (1941) rather than a genre satire like I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (1988), and on that level it works. Plus, you've got to love a movie whose most memorable villain, Dirty D. (Reg E. Cathey), is a mack who eats dirt and whose idea of a pimp-mobile is a beat-up old Edsel (!). Bob Costas fans will be pleased to learn the popular TV sports maven appears in the film's framing sequences as himself; for what it's worth, he seems more than up to the challenge of the role. Pretty fly for a white guy indeed.
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- Released: 2001
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: A genial, if rather scattershot, send-up of '70s blaxploitation flicks and various other bits of pop culture detritus that's good for a couple of well-earned laughs but ultimately overstays its welcome. The titular Pootie (Lance Crouther) is a sort of all-… (more)