Undercover Brother Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Laughter may be a great way to erase differences and ease tensions between diverse parties -- as long as both sides are amused. Undercover Brother attempts to take that kind of light-hearted look at inter-racial encounters between blacks and whites with a campy, over-the-top approach that spoofs the diversity of these cultures.
Anton Jackson (Eddie Griffin), a funky, afro'd superhero, works alone in his quest for justice and solidarity among his black brothers. But when an evil plan threatens to sideline a black candidate's (Billy Dee Williams) presidential campaign, The Chief (Chi McBride) at the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. recruits him to help uncover the mastermind behind the machination. Working alongside a group of secret agents with note-worthy monikers like Conspiracy Brother (David Chappelle), Smart Brother (Gary Anthony Williams) and Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis), he goes undercover as an employee at Multinational Inc to expose the plot's instigators: Mr. Feather (Chris Kattan) and The Man.
However the well-heeled champion of color's mission is brought to a standstill when Penelope Snow (Denise Richards) shows up at his office. Blonde, buxom and leggy, she is not only a distraction (sent in by The Man), but also the object of repeated sexual conversations, innuendos and quips between Jackson and his cronies back at the agency. It takes some serious reining in of male hormones by Sistah Girl to get the covert operation back on track and keep the storyline moving along.
With big-hair and 70's styles easing back into fashion, it comes as no surprise that movies should take a poke at the antics of a bygone era. Unfortunately, this updated parody has added elements of questionable language (including sexual expletives and racial slurs), numerous drug references and the embellished disembowelment of some unlucky security guards.
Mired down in sexual vulgarities and crude jokes, it's hard to defend the film's meager messages of interracial co-operation and cultural pride. With little family viewing appeal, Undercover Brother might be one comedy best left under wraps.Starring Eddie Griffin, Denise Richards. Running time: 86 minutes. Updated April 17, 2009
Rating & Content Info
Why is Undercover Brother rated PG-13? Undercover Brother is rated PG-13 by the MPAA
Anton Jackson is called into service as an Undercover Brother when a sinister plot threatens the presidential hopes of a black candidate. While this film may be billed as a comedy, the heavy dose of drug-related material, crude sexual humor and language issues leave very little to laugh about in the end.
Several characters scream at others. Characters are frequently hit on the face and body with handguns and other objects. Several scenes include hand-to-hand combat and martial arts action. Numerous characters draw guns on others, some shots are fired and at least two characters are killed. Men pursue characters on a golf cart; cart crashes into gas line and explodes, killing two characters. Character is attacked and frisked. Characters break into offices and steals computer information. Man roughly pushes woman to the floor. Character squirts hot sauce into assailants’ eyes. Men hit on head with glass bottles. Characters jump through plate glass window. Chase scene includes characters hit with objects, crashes and explosions. Scene depicts the exaggerated removal of body organs from several characters. Character hits himself in crotch. Character throws sand in man’s eyes. Building explodes.
Sexual Content: D
Female characters often wear tight-fitting and low-cut clothing. Numerous descriptive comments made throughout movie on sexual encounters and interracial sexual relations. Jokes frequently include sexual connotations. Female character discusses her sexuality. Characters comment on the words of a song. Extended scene includes girls tearing off clothes and parading in a seductive manner. Character remarks on girl’s past sexual history. Characters kiss briefly.
Includes at least: 1 extreme sexual expletive and 2 extreme sexual hand gestures, 24 moderate and 36 mild profanities, 8 crude terms for sexual relations, 7 crude anatomical terms, 2 references to sexual anatomy, 6 terms of Deity used as expletives and numerous sexual innuendos, jokes, and racial slurs.
Alcohol / Drug Use: D
Mind-control drug is used on characters. Several characters smoke cigars or cigarettes. Numerous comments made about the use of illegal drugs; character later gives another man a bag of drugs to use. Characters drink on several occasions. Characters working in the tobacco industry discuss how to increase sales to a particular group. Liquor ad aimed at fast food buyers.
Includes numerous racial comments. Bathroom humor is used.
Page last updated April 17, 2009
Undercover Brother Parents' Guide
We borrow things from many cultures including words, phrases, foods and styles. What have you integrated into your life from other societies?
Lance was hired at the agency to meet the requirements of Affirmative Action. You can learn more about this policy that was instituted nearly three decades ago as a way to increase minority groups in the workplace by following this link to The Washington Post.
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While Undercover Brother is a comedy, many of the actors in this movie have starred in a variety of other film genres. Eddie Griffin plays a part in the hospital drama, John Q.. Billy Dee Williams can be seen in Star Wars Episodes V and VI and Chi McBride is a heavyweight boxer about to walk down the aisle in Disney’s The Kid. If you are looking for films that promote interracial relationships, try Brian’s Song and Remember the Titans.