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Parents' Guide to

Undercover Brother

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Stereotype-based satire; not for young kids.

Movie PG-13 2002 87 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

The jokes come quickly and the satire bites

This film is a good time no matter when I see it. Although it is a bit uneven and feels like they just didn't know how to end it, the first hour of the film is solid (and I mean full fist). The film knows what it is and Griffin and Ellis sell it at every turn, but Richards, Kattan and Harris are not far behind, they know their place in this film and execute their roles perfectly. Griffin's fun as Undercover Brother is infectious and he is easy to root for. The jokes come quickly and the satire bites, basically a lovely film.

Is It Any Good?

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The movie is filled with such high spirits and good humor that the jokes are pointed but not barbed. UNDERCOVER BROTHER combines broad comedy with clever satire to happily skewer blacks, whites, men, women, the "blaxploitation" movies of the 1970's, O.J. Simpson, and just about everything else that comes within range.

Director Malcolm Lee (a cousin of Spike Lee) has a marvelous eye for telling details (the re-creation of a 1970's-style credit sequence is hilarious), and Eddie Griffin gives the title character some heart along with a lot of attitude.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 31, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: January 14, 2003
  • Cast: Chris Kattan , Denise Richards , Eddie Griffin
  • Director: Malcolm D. Lee
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 87 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language, sexual humor, drug use, and violence
  • Last updated: June 7, 2023

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