Undercover Brother 2

Movie review by
Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media
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Blaxploitation satire sequel has profanity, violence, drugs.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 84 minutes

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Positive Messages

Teamwork, leadership, acceptance, resilience, and perseverance are buried within the movie's comedic elements.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Undercover Brother is a friendly, well-respected crime fighter. Lionel shows determination in trying to emulate his brother and manages to get everyone to work together. Some racial stereotyping.

Violence

Regular violence, but it's filmed in a comical, mock-action movie style. Slapstick kung fu brawls in which people crash through tables and fight with table legs. A character is beaten with a pool cue in a bar brawl, has their head dunked in a toilet, some teeth punched out. A bottle is smashed over a thug's head. A character is doused in gasoline and threatened with being set alight. A gunfight; people are shot. Two characters explode into a blue goo after taking a "super drug."

Sex

Sexual language and references throughout. Scene at a strip club. A sex doll is seen on a bed. A character's erection is shown growing under a blanket. Mention of a threesome. A nurse strips to underwear, gets on top of patient in hospital.

Language

Language includes "black bastard" and "negro," along with a running joke of people being hit every time they almost say the "N" word. Occasional use of "f--k." Other language includes "bitches," "s--t," "hell," "damn," "a--hole," "butt," "booty," "t-ties," "crap," and "ho."

Consumerism

A classic Cadillac car is named.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters get high on a synthetic drug called "Woke," which makes them liberal and carefree. When a new potent version of the drug is introduced, characters explode after taking it. Characters drink alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Undercover Brother 2 is a blaxploitation spoof spy movie sequel with satirical humor, slapstick violence, profane language, and sex and drug references. The movie has a strong racial element, with terms such as "black bastard" and "negro" used throughout. There is also frequent use of "bitches," "s--t," "hell," "damn," "a--hole," "butt," "booty," "t-tties," "crap," and "ho," and occasional use of "f--k." The humor is flat-out daft but to its credit often works. Jokes range from "woke" millennials to white supremacists. In true spy action movie form, it has a lot of violence -- bar brawls and gunfights -- but it's usually comic and with no bloodshed. In one scene, a character is doused in gasoline and threatened with being set on fire. A main plot point revolves around a fictional drug called "Woke," which causes users to become ultra-liberal and carefree. When a stronger version of the drug is consumed, two people explode into a blue goo. There are plenty of sex references -- sex toys, references to threesomes, visual jokes around erections -- but nothing explicit.

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What's the story?

In UNDERCOVER BROTHER 2, "Superfly Superspy" (Michael Jai White) and his brother Lionel (Vince Swann) have both been in a coma since 2003. When Lionel is revived in 2019, he vows to live up to his brother's reputation and find their nemesis, "The Man" (Barry Bostwick) while navigating the many changes in society.

Is it any good?

Picking up from the 2002 original, it's hard to argue that Undercover Brother 2 is a great movie. However, it is willfully silly, often funny, and only very occasionally do the scattershot digs feel mean-spirited. The barbed script feels like it has something to say at times, with race at the forefront. But the heavy-handed delivery and mixed messages make it hard to fully get behind.

The hit rate for jokes is pleasingly high, and while it's no Airplane! or The Naked Gun, it surpasses the likes of 50 Shades of Black and Scary Movie 5 (the co-director of which, Malcolm D. Lee, helmed the original Undercover Brother).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how satire is used in Undercover Brother 2How can this type of humor be used to reflect society? What serious subjects does Undercover Brother 2 tackle with humor, and how effective is it?

  • Talk about how stereotypes are explored in the film. Do they ring true? What use do stereotypes have in storytelling? How can they be problematic?

  • Discuss the language used in the movie. Did it feel necessary? Did it add anything to the story?

  • Did the violence feel realistic in the movie? Why does violence in comedies feel different than in other movie genres?

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