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White Chicks Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A tawdry excuse for a movie, but it has a handful of shameless giggles.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This is the kind of film that will leave many audience members groaning with laughter -- and others simply groaning. It's skit/situation comedy that exploits stereotypes with a vengeance and knows no shame in borrowing from much better movies ranging from "Some Like It Hot" to "Tootsie."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    What we get is a tweaked variation on the litany of men-disguised-as-women comedies: "Some Like It Hot" and "Tootsie," just for starters. Obviously, this sassy farce sounds recycled and certainly appears to be in the coming attraction. Yet it's also funnier than expected in ways you wouldn't expect.

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Iffy for 14+

Predictable farce isn't very funny or original.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the parent advisories here refer to the more readily available unrated version and not the PG-13 movie seen in theaters. Because the central plot involves two African-American men disguised as white women there is much racial humor attempted, including innuendo, “black versus white” stereotyping, and slurs. Coarse, raunchy language is continuous, including numerous references to male and female genitalia, breasts, sexual promiscuity, and sexual acts. The women are vapid sexual objects throughout. They dress, dance, and behave in a provocative manner. Farts account for many of the plot turns and much of the hoped-for comedy in the movie.

  • Families can talk about what Kevin and Marcus learn from pretending to be white women. Why was it so hard for Karen, Lisa, and Gina to feel good about themselves and their relationships?
  • Families can also talk about stereotypes and humor. Did this movie do a good job of making fun of people that stereotype or did it perpetuate stereotypes? Or a little of both?
  • There's a lot of sexual humor in this movie. Was any of it funny or just raunchy? Or a little of both?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The message here seems to be that people are so stupid that they’ll fall for anything. Women are shallow, empty-headed, and self-involved; Men are only slightly better. Even the most ridiculous plan can unwittingly succeed if the motivation is pure. One flimsy attempt is made to teach a woman to stand up for herself when a man manipulates her.

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    Role models: Conceived as a parody, the filmmakers have taken stereotyping to new heights. With the exception of one journalist, who is only mildly ignorant, the women are portrayed as overwrought, jealous, sexually manipulated, incredibly stupid victims. A male athlete is depicted as arrogant, ignorant, aggressive, and a sexual predator. The FBI agents are all buffoons. The two heroes have admirable motives, but very limited brain power.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Cartoon-style violence with no injuries or deaths: fist fights, two shoot-outs with guns, a dog in danger as it dangles from a car window, a dog attack, and a final brawl.

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    Sex: No actual sexual activity, but frequent sexual innuendo, gross language, sexy dancing and leering, raunchy attempts at humor (licking, sniffing panties, and more). Women and girls appear in tight, clingy, sexually revealing attire throughout. Numerous shots of plastic body parts, including breasts, and one extended scene devoted to a group of women experimenting with a rubber penis.

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    Language: In the Unrated version, no coarse or vulgar expressions are left out and the sheer quantity of sexual references is daunting. Some examples: “bitch fit,” “ass,” “balls” “coke whore,” “vagina,” “booty call,” “s--t,” “go down on,” “genital herpes,” and many, many more. Racial slurs, including the “N” word appear often. Farts are used as plot devices in many scenes and range from uncouth to overwhelming.

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    Consumerism: Louis Vuitton luggage, Midol, Perrier, Kool-Aid; a convenience store features M & M’s, Nestea.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: People drink at a party, in a club. Two men are shown drowning their sorrows with beer. A pill for sexual arousal is used to move the plot.