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A Lowdown Dirty Shame

A Lowdown Dirty Shame
Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jada Pinkett, Charles S. Dutton and Salli Richardson

Rated: R  for language, fleeting nudity and violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: November 23, 1994 Released by: Buena Vista Pictures

Keenan Ivory Wayans stars as Shame, an ex-cop turned private eye in this action-packed comedy.

The opening scene has Shame breaking in on a stolen diamond sale. He's a one-man army as he out shoots dozens of henchmen and escapes out of a window, dropping hundreds of feet into the sun roof of a waiting limo, and he walks away with minor scrapes and bruises - whatta guy!

Wayans wrote this film as a loving, if irreverent, takeoff on the Shaft movies of the past. When he's ready for serious business, he even shaves his head and puts on his best dress duds to pay homage to his silver screen hero.

Shame's best asset is a sassy, little ball of fire, named Peaches (Jada Pinkett). She's his office manager/assistant who can't wait to help him out on a big case. She gets to do just that when a policeman (Charles S. Dutton) asks Shame to find a missing state's witness who's skipped town and taken her drug dealer ex-boyfriend's millions with her.

The fact that the witness (Salli Richardson) happens to be a sexy ex-girlfriend of Shame's, brings out every green fiber of jealousy in Peaches. She's flippant and very excitable with flailing arms, kicking legs and a flapping mouth. She's a load of tightly wound dynamite ready to go off and she's terrific.

Wayans pays it for laughs, never taking himself too seriously and he's very enjoyable to watch. His sidekick, Pinkett, really makes this film worthwhile. The whole story is quite unbelievable, but it's done with just the right amount of action and flash to make it work.

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