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Undercover Brother Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Lee's images of black and white stereotypes are agreeably silly yet altogether too thin and vanilla safe.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The soundtrack (which includes James Brown, Michael Jackson and The Commodores) is better than a K-Tel "Best of the '70s" compilation, and the broad physical comedy is as reliable as a brick house.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Seems breezier and less self-conscious than the Mike Myers franchise.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Has such a cheerfully zingy energy that you keep rooting for it even when its jokes turn flatter than a jump shot at a YMCA pickup game.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Stereotype-based satire; not for young kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong material for a PG-13 -- as usual, the MPAA is much more lax with a comedy than they would be if the same material appeared in a drama. The movie has sexual references and situations, smoking, drinking, and drug humor, and comic violence.

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes that the movie uses for humor and to make its points. How can some issues be addressed more effectively through comedy than through drama? Parents might find that they have to explain some of the humor to teenagers who are too young to remember some of the outfits and expressions made fun of in the movie.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Comic violence

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and humor including suggestive shower scene

  • language false3

    Language: Very strong language for a PG-13

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking, drug humor