In MO' MONEY, a street fable for the 90s, "Living Color's" Damon Wayans and his little brother Marlon savor and suffer the sin of greed.
Johnny and Seymour Stewart (Damon and Marlon, respectively) are streetwise young men from Brooklyn always looking to scam another buck. Just as they are flubbing a con, a Dynasty Credit Card executive dies in a car crash set-up. Transit police nab Johnny during his getaway, but he is sprung by his
dead father's ex-partner, Lt. Mills (Evan Lionel Smith) who is also investigating the businessman's murder. Ignoring his little brother's disgust, Johnny decides to go straight. While selling books in a midtown square he meets gorgeous Amber Evans (Stacey Dash), an employee at Dynasty. He
immediately wangles a job in the mailroom to be near her. Determined to win Amber from her rich boyfriend, a whitebread Black man, Johnny breaks down and steals a credit card. He and Seymour step out on a wild shopping spree. Johnny shows up at Amber's in a sharp new suit, and she falls into his
arms--she was over her boyfriend anyway.
Unfortunately, Dynasty security head, Keith Heading (John Diehl), caught Johnny's theft on video and blackmails him into joining his vicious credit-card crime ring--he was the murderer. Amber begins to get suspicious about Johnny's new wealth, and so he decides he wants out of the ring. Seymour is
sent to Keith, wire tapped, in an attempt to elicit evidence against him, but Keith catches on and abducts him. With the help of Amber and Lt. Mills, Johnny sets out to rescue his kid brother. He enters a bloody race to the death with Keith and wins Seymour, the girl and his pride.
In writing MO' MONEY Damon Wayans has created an accessible comedy that introduces his charms to a wide audience. Both he and his brother are fatally charismatic as Johnny and Seymour, and the sparky dynamic of their banter is one of the delights of the film. Unfortunately, Wayans watered down his
audacious sense of humor for Hollywood, resorting occasionally to non-punchlines like "oh shit!" As the mature, thoughtful brother he can also be a bit wet, especially playing drama or romance, and his guilt-free, buzzing little brother threatens to upstage him. The rest of the major characters
are what you would expect--the police are cops, and Keith is an appropriately crazed psychotic. Stacey Dash employs a two-note range as Amber, sexy and pouty. Watch for two uproarious minor characters in their irreverent "Living Color" mode, the sleazy singer/lawyer Reverend Pimp Daddy (Gordon
McClure) and the perennially grinning, sex-starved Charlotte (Almayvonne).
There's plenty of action in MO' MONEY and a fair dosage of gratuitous violence too. The film ends with an absurd five minute car-chase scene which makes Johnny some sort of bullet-dodging, car-roof-riding superman in silly contrast to the morally confused and indecisive guy he seemed for most of
the film. MO' MONEY is entertaining enough and funny enough, and cannily includes all the elements that entice popularity. But, perhaps after reaping the rewards for this film, Wayans will put his obvious talents toward a project that isn't about making more money. (Violence, profanity, adultsituations.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: R
- Review: In MO' MONEY, a street fable for the 90s, "Living Color's" Damon Wayans and his little brother Marlon savor and suffer the sin of greed. Johnny and Seymour Stewart (Damon and Marlon, respectively) are streetwise young men from Brooklyn always looking to s… (more)