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Movie Review -- 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka'

By
CATHY BURKE, United Press International

'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' is the long and clumsy title that hints at some of the worst aspects of this film, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and starring a bevy of well-known black actors in a spoof of black exploitation films.

But there's so much energy in this satire, that you can't help laughing at its bawdy charm. Clumsy, irreverent, adolescent, yes. And often very funny.

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'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' loosely describes the effort of a retired neighborhood hero, Jack Slade, played by Bernie Casey, to help a young black, Jack Spade, played by Wayans -- who also wrote the movie - destroy 'Mr. Big,' the crime lord responsible for the young man's brother's death. Sounds serious, right? Wrong.

Spade's brother 'OG'd,' which means he overdosed on gold chains (the victim's body is literally covered from head to foot in gold chains and a medallion the size of a hub cap). And neither Spade nor Slade are exactly smooth. Spade is forever being bailed out of trouble by his ferocious mother; Slade has a lot of good ideas but couldn't deliver a pizza.

They get their man of course, with the help of some other out-of-circulation and unlikely black heros, played by Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes and Antonio Fargas. It's quite a collection of heavyweights who are clearly having a lot of fun being silly. And somehow, the satire works, probably because individual scenes far and away carry this film.

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Just a few examples of that side-splitting humor that lasts for a scene at a time: a neighborhood youth party -- featuring car stripping and senior citizen mugging contests; a Pimp of the Year dream sequence; and a woman with menstrual cramps who turns into a demon possessed.

Wayans helped write the script for the very-funny film, 'Hollywood Shuffle,' directed by the talented Robert Townsend. He's on the right track with his solo effort here, and clearly has an extremely good time satirizing the making of a black hero, Hollywood style. His humor is pointed and biting, when it finds its mark, and concentrates on it.

But whether he's ready to put together a whole film with bite, we'll just have to wait and see. Something tells me, the wait will be worth it.

Rated R. Film contains sexual content and foul language.

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