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White Chicks
White Chicks
Starring Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Jaime King,
Frankie Faison, Lochlyn Munro, John Heard


Reviewed by:  Jim
Release Date: June 23, 2004  Released by: Columbia Pictures

Keenen Ivory Wayans goes for a little make over for younger sibs Marion (The Ladykillers) and Shawn in the stupidly funny White Chicks. The transformation of two African-American men into white socialites from the Hamptons leads to some broad situations and ribald gags.

You may call it an inversion of Sorority Boys by way of Some Like It Hot with the ebullience of The Nutty Professor.

The latex and “tuck-backs” are a challenge that Marion and Shawn respond to as Marcus and Kevin Copeland, two FBI agents going undercover as the Wilson sisters Tiffany (Ann Dudek) and Brittany (Maitland Ward). It’s all to thwart a kidnaping ring which may lead to the vary wealthy Vandergeld (John Heard).

The new Brittany and Tiffany (after an accident occurs to the real ones) have to spend much time with friends like Karen (Busy Philipps), Tori (Jessica Cauffel), and Lisa (Jennifer Carpenter), as well as the press and society as a whole. Kevin and Marcus are looking to impress their boss (Frankie Faison) and the makeup work is actually pretty impressive, though in a way, it starts to wear off after some time in a film that swells up a bit less humorous in the last act.

The plotting seems a little inspired by the TV series “Bosom Buddies” with more sight gags. Kevin starts to get involved with a new reporter (Rochelle Aytes) when not looking like Brittany and has to do whatever it takes to keep his cover. The bodybuilding Darnell (Terry Crews) is quite attracted to Tiffany and in one of the silliest, laugh-inducing scenes they go out on a date.

Like You Got Served there’s a hip-hop competition of sorts that has Kevin and Marcus bringing it on against the haughtiness of Vandegeld’s daughters, Heather (Jaime King) and Megan (Brittany Daniel). A running joke that occurs initially with Karen, Tori, and Lisa that is cued by the song “A 1000 Miles” by Vanessa Carlton which isn’t easy to mimic.

For teens and those familiar with the Wayans’ approach to humor, the uninhibited, outrageous execution around the film’s silliness of the characters and material, isn’t much of a problem. Having black men impersonating white women is the conceit that catalyzes some of the sexual and racial tensions around the physical comedy. Wayans who isn’t clueless into where kidnaping scenario can go as he seems to be targeting the Hilton sisters and was influenced by the documentary called “The Hamptons.” The bothers are often proud of their concept, though this is not nearly as cohesive as Scary Movie, but it has a slick, indolent, one-track mind in exploring their feminine side. The possibilities as debutantes may be distasteful, but often eruptive.
White Chicks

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