Review: White Chicks (2004)

“Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. “We?” Kevin, this ain’t about “we.” It’s never been. It’s about you. You come up with some stupid idea and I’m dumb enough to go along with it.”
– Marcus Copeland

SYNOPSIS: Two disgraced FBI agents go way undercover in an effort to protect hotel heiresses the Wilson sisters from a kidnapping plot. – via IMDB

I can’t help it. It is so bad but so entertaining in the most brain dead kind of way. In general, I absolutely hate movies like this, and yet this one entertains me so much. Maybe it is the nostalgia, who knows? But man, this just works for me and it should not. Gosh it is an instance of something so bad it is actually good.

Now that I can move on past my personal guilty pleasure disclaimer, let’s talk about the movie… not that there is really much to say or an awful lot to praise, but let’s talk about it anyway.

Shawn and Marlon Wayans really get into this, which I think is something that works for the movie. In fact, all the actors and actresses involved know exactly what kind of movie this is and they roll with it, and it totally works. The brothers are suitably ridiculous as the Wilson sisters, and their antics really did make me laugh. One can never, ever forget Terry Crews in this, as one will never hear Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles the same way again. The man has an absolute ball as Latrell Spencer, and his enthusiasm comes across plain and simple.

The plot is so thin, and yet the movie goes about it with gusto. Shut your brain off at the door and don’t even remotely try to make this a hypothetically realistic scenario, and you will be able to laugh at the ludicrous Prada handbag jokes, silly dance-offs, plenty bitchiness and have a good time with these two idiots running around trying to be fantastic FBI agents by impersonating two super shallow rich trust fun babies. I did think that there was just a bit too much toilet humour the movie could totally have done without.

You gotta admit that a lot of work went into making this Wayans brothers white women, as they did look a little creepy (let’s not pretend otherwise), but you cannot deny that it was a pretty damn solid transformation. The writing, too, with the silly jokes and all is actually quite fun, especially if you are looking for a fluffy, light movie to make you smile.

White Chicks is stupid but entertaining. I know most people dismiss it as outright terrible, and, well, it is kinda terrible in an amusing way (for me). The cast has fun, the soundtrack works with it, and it delivers exactly the kind of movie you would expect from the poster, and I appreciate that. That being said, I don’t know how I would have felt about this if I didn’t have the teenage nostalgia to go with it.

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