White Chicks

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Predictable farce isn't very funny or original.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 46 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive 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.

Positive role models & representations

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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs & 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.

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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byblackrose 79603 January 5, 2013

not for young viewers uinder 18.

my kids were watching it up until they showed a sex toy which is not supposed to viewed by anyone under 18, it was sexually expliced and was turned off, immedia... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 year old Written byskye99 January 11, 2014

Inappropriate for young teens

This is mostly silly, so the racial stuff isn't too offensive, but the extended scene with the rubber penis was WAY over the top. Certainly not appropriate... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTnMovieFan2 April 9, 2008

Funny Movie!

White Chicks is probobaly the funniest movie that I have ever seen! Although it ma not be the most appropriate for younger kids. There was a lot of sexual refer... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymissolivia March 29, 2010

For mature kids, not below the age of 8

Personaly, this is one of my favorite movies of all time, I find it incredibly hilarious, but this review is completely for the kids, so I'll give it to yo... Continue reading

What's the story?

In WHITE CHICKS, Shawn and Marlon Wayans play FBI agents Kevin and Marcus Copeland. After they bungle a drug bust, they are assigned to protect the Wilson sisters from a kidnapper. The sisters are heading to the Hamptons where they hope to be photographed for a magazine cover. A minor car accident on the way there leaves them with scratches on their faces and they refuse to be seen that way. So, the Copelands call in the FBI's crackerjack undercover makeup team to transform them into the Wilsons. Despite the fact that they are taller than the girls and the latex masks applied to their faces make them look like victims of Botox overkill, no one in the Hamptons seems to notice anything significantly different about "the girls." The Copelands shop, participate in a fashion show and a dance-off, and go out on dates, Marcus (in drag) with a smitten athlete (Terry Crews) and Kevin (as a man but pretending to be someone else to impress a pretty reporter).

Is it any good?

Appealing performers and a couple of funny moments don't make up for a lazy and generic script in this predictable farce. This movie borrows characters and plots from many other movies. And White Chicks doesn't pay attention to its plot -- but sloppy inconsistencies like the ones here become a distraction that interferes with the ability of the audience to enjoy even the jokes that work.

Gender- and race-switching are inherently funny but the situations and jokes do very little to build on that energy and sometimes actually get in the way. There are predictable culture clashes, and predictable life lessons as the Copelands develop more empathy for women and encourage the society girls to have more self-respect. But the lessons are delivered with no more enthusiasm or sincerity than the jokes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

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