Fresh, rambunctious and utterly unpretentious, this amiable but tart-tongued shaggy-dog story about a bunch of aspiring rap stars en route to a video shoot in Miami is a pleasant change from vulgar, booty-oriented comedies. NYU film school grad Leta Evans
(Melissa De Sousa) wants to make music videos, so she takes a thankless job assisting Bleau (Downtown Julie Brown), a big-name director on assignment for mogul Freddy B (Luther "Luke" Campbell). A bit of a princess, Leta finds herself in charge of a rattletrap bus helmed by brothers Roscoe and Bo
(John Witherspoon and Cedric the Entertainer) -- who appear to have spent their formative years on the chitlin circuit -- and filled with a rowdy gang of mouthy youngsters to whom Freddy B has promised stardom. They include salt-and-pepper rappers Caspar (who hopes to find the dad he's never met
in Miami) and Indigo (Ruben Asher and Guy Torry), sultry duo Tuesday and Blacké (Kelly Williams and Julia Garrison), aspiring "Latin Madonna" Charity (Idalis De Leon) and relentless hound dog Brotha X (Sticky Fingaz). Rounding out the passenger list are Freddy B's childhood friend and perpetual
fixer Poppa (Malik Yoba), and his brother Geronimo (Fredro Starr), who could find trouble in a Trappist monastery. Stick-up artists Peaches and Byrd (The Lady of Rage and Dartanyan Edmonds), whose hold-up money has made its way into Geronimo's backpack, provide some conflict by dogging the bus.
Among the movie's cameos are Dr. Dre and Ed Lover, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Fred Williamson, who appears in a fantasy sequence as an aging Black Panther, the ideal father with whom Caspar dreams of a reunion.
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: Fresh, rambunctious and utterly unpretentious, this amiable but tart-tongued shaggy-dog story about a bunch of aspiring rap stars en route to a video shoot in Miami is a pleasant change from vulgar, booty-oriented comedies. NYU film school grad Leta Evans… (more)