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(2001) (Eddie Griffin, Orlando Jones) (PG-13)

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Comedy: Mistakenly viewed as a murderer, an investment banker goes on the run and switches identities with a seemingly crazy man, only to discover that his replacement is higher on the "most wanted" list than he is.
Daryl Chase (ORLANDO JONES) is a New York investment banker with a good boss, Charles Allsworth (EDWARD HERRMANN), and beautiful lingerie model girlfriend, Chloe (GARCELLE BEAUVAIS). All of that changes when he notices some irregularities in an account involving a Mexican businessman by the name of Chela (SHAWN ELLIOT). Suddenly, an attempt is made on Daryl's life and he finds himself under the protection of CIA agent T.J. McCready (GARY GRUBBS) and his partner, Martinez (BENNY NIEVES).

They inform him of several things. For starters, Chela is really the head of the Gutierrez drug cartel that's involved in money laundering. They also tell him that he should avoid two men, agents Gradney (STERLING MACER) and Norville (DANIEL ROEBUCK), who are trailing him, and definitely stay away from Freddy Tiffany (EDDIE GRIFFIN), a seemingly crazy con man who always seems to show up wherever Daryl might be.

When Daryl goes to see his personal assistant, he finds her murdered and then in the middle of a brief gun battle that leaves one thug and two cops dead. Spotted by neighbors who believe him to be the killer, Daryl boards a train headed for Mexico, but only after switching identities with Freddy to avoid being noticed by everyone.

The two clash on their way down south, with Daryl not being sure of Freddy's claim of being a former FBI agent and repeatedly trying to get rid of him. Arriving at the border by himself, Daryl is shocked to discover that Freddy is even more of a fugitive than he is, being wanted for the murder of a Mexican Governor.

As Daryl tries to sort all of this out and clear his name, he must deal with Captain Garcia (CARLOS CARRASCO), a corrupt Mexican cop; Junior Barnes (BRENT BRISCOE), an emu farmer intent on collecting a reward for capturing Daryl; Maque Sanchez (ANDREA NAVEDO), a woman who claims to be Daryl's wife; and, of course, Freddy who repeatedly finds the perplexed banker whose life has been turned completely upside down.

African-American kids might be drawn to the film due to the two leads being black, while fans of them or anyone in the cast, or those simply looking for a comedy might be drawn to this one as well.
For violence and language.
  • In order to prevent key plot developments from being given away, certain character developments/revelations that occur late in the film will not be listed below.
  • ORLANDO JONES plays an investment banker who finds his life turned upside down when he's wrongly accused of various crimes and switches identities with Freddy to elude the authorities until he figures things out. He uses profanity and occasionally acts - in a mocking way -- like a stereotypical black street person and is insulting to some Mexicans.
  • EDDIE GRIFFIN plays a presumably somewhat crazy con man who claims to be a former FBI agent. He often acts & speaks in a zany fashion, makes various non-explicit sexual innuendoes and uses profanity. He also shoots and presumably kills several people while protecting Daryl.
  • EDWARD HERRMANN plays Daryl's boss.
  • GARY GRUBBS plays a CIA agent who's been assigned to protect Daryl, but leaves most of that up to his partner played by BENNY NIEVES.
  • SHAWN ELLIOT plays the head of a Mexican drug cartel.
  • BRENT BRISCOE plays an emu farmer who wants a reward for capturing Daryl, believing him to be Freddy.
  • GARCELLE BEAUVAIS plays Daryl's jealous lingerie model girlfriend.


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).

    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Violence, while played far more for comedy and/or action/adventure than realism (thus negating much of the potential suspense & tension), consists of scenes of various people being shot and killed/injured, plenty of gun battles, and other non-lethal fighting, some of which have somewhat bloody results.

    Many of those responsible for such acts have bad attitudes, while other characters have varying degrees of the same. Profanity consists of at least 40 "s" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Non-explicit, but sexually related dialogue/innuendo is uttered, while various women are seen modeling rather skimpy lingerie at a fashion show. A cartoon drawing on a watch shows a mostly topless, large-breasted woman.

    Beyond that, various characters smoke and/or drink. If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone in your home who may wish to see it, we suggest taking a closer look at our detailed content listings for more specific examples of what occurs in the film.

  • People have champagne or wine at a fashion show.
  • Freddy has a martini on a train and orders another drink, while Daryl (dressed and acting like Freddy) orders a Schlitz Malt Liquor and gets upset when the waiter says they don't have any (although he does bring him one).
  • We see some drug dealers handling packages of cocaine.
  • Some people have beer in a bar.
  • Chloe and Allsworth have drinks on a plane.
  • Various people have drinks.
  • Some people have drinks on the beach.
  • Freddy has a little bit of blood on his finger from where he touched a hole in his jacket (under which there's presumably a wound).
  • Daryl has a little bit of blood from his nose after being attacked, while Chloe has some on her lip from the same.
  • We see a little bit of blood on a dead woman's robe and moments later see some blood on the back of another victim.
  • We see various men standing at urinals in a men's restroom, but don't see anything graphic.
  • We see a slightly bloody wound on Daryl's leg.
  • Everyone involved in criminal behavior (and there are plenty of them as the story unfolds) obviously have bad attitudes, with extreme amounts involving murder, etc.
  • A man steals Daryl's bag on the street, but turns out to be working with Freddy.
  • Freddy refers to the police as "Pigs" and makes fun of a man's fake eye.
  • Daryl makes a few derogatory and stereotypical comments to some Mexicans (calling a guard Speedy Gonzalez, etc.) and both he and Freddy occasionally act in stereotypical "black" fashions that might be offensive to some African-American viewers.
  • The action-oriented (rather than comical) scenes listed under "Violence" may also be tense to some viewers.
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Shotguns/Knife/Grenade or missile: Carried and/or used to threaten, shoot at, wound or kill various people and/or destroy property. See "Violence" for details.
  • Phrases: "Lazy ass sh*t," "The sh*t just hit the fan," "Full of sh*t," "Some serious sh*t," "No sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "Nut" (testicle), "Shut up," "Pigs" (police), "Big ass," "Ass whipping," "Kick his ass," "Nigger" (said by a black man), "Pissing her off," "Black ass," "Bitch" (toward women and a dog), "Get your bitch ass back in the bag," "Kiss my ass," "Ain't that a bitch?" "What the hell (are you talking about)?" "Monkey ass," "Hell no," "I'm gonna whoop your ass," "Pain in my ass," "Crackers" (for white people), "Screwed up," "Hell yeah," "Suckers," "Jackass," "Don't give a damn," "Get your ass back," "Get your bitch ass over there" and "Piss off."
  • Some impressionable kids might want to imitate all of Freddy's wild moves, antics and other such behavior.
  • Daryl gives Freddy "the finger" as he drives off.
  • None.
  • A mild amount of suspenseful music plays during the film.
  • None.
  • At least 40 "s" words, 23 asses (1 used with "hole"), 14 damns, 12 hells, 1 S.O.B., 8 uses of "G-damn" and 1 use each of "God" and "Jesus" as exclamations.
  • After seeing a photo of an attractive woman, Freddy says something along the lines of him sure liking to wax her drawers (a sexual connotation).
  • Daryl and his business associates attend a lingerie fashion show where we see various women modeling skimpy bras and panties (showing cleavage and parts of their butts while doing so).
  • Maque grabs Daryl's clothed butt after coming on to him.
  • Freddy mentions about being "butt naked in your mind" and getting "a piece" of a woman. He later comments that they could "knock the cobwebs off."
  • While saying that there's a first time for everything, Freddy smacks a nun on her butt as she prepares to board a train.
  • Daryl wears Freddy's watch that shows a topless cartoon woman with huge breasts and only the nipples are covered.
  • A woman at an emu ranch wears a very tight, low-cut dress that shows off her ample cleavage.
  • After a woman acts like she's Daryl's wife, he states that he knows her, but not in the Biblical sense. The woman then states that he "knew" her many times.
  • Chloe shows some cleavage in the top she wears, while Maque does the same.
  • Daryl smokes a cigar given to him by a Mexican cop who also smokes one, while various other miscellaneous characters also smoke (cigarettes and cigars).
  • None.
  • Whether people could successfully exchange identities and get away with it.
  • Whether federal agents act the way that they do in this film.
  • The humor coming from the mocking of others and certain ethnic groups.
  • Most of what's listed below is played in a comical and/or action-oriented, rather than realistic and/or graphic fashion, although those sensitive to any type of violence might be more affected by it than those who are not.
  • Although we don't see the actual act, we hear the shot (and see the flash of light from outside a window) as an unseen assassin kills a Mexican Governor.
  • While stealing Daryl's bag, a thief elbows him in the chest and runs down the sidewalk only to be tripped by Freddy, who then proceeds to deliver various punches and kicks to this man who tries to strike him with some sort of object.
  • An assailant grabs Daryl and punches Chloe. The two men then struggle with the assailant smashing Daryl into a wall and then down onto a counter/table. He then holds a knife to Daryl's throat but several CIA agents rush in and shoot this man (presumably dead).
  • Daryl finds his assistant dead on her bed and then ends up in the middle of a brief gun battle between two cops and a thug (who all presumably end up dead with Daryl looking like the guilty party to neighbors).
  • Freddy swings open a train's bathroom door to knock out a man who's been trailing him and Daryl.
  • Daryl punches and temporarily knocks out Freddy. He then tries to throw Freddy from a moving train and after some brief struggling, eventually succeeds. Freddy, however, races after the train and gets on only to be clotheslined by a train sign along the tracks (we don't see the impact and it's all played for laughs).
  • Daryl drives through the gate from the U.S. into Mexico and then back again (breaking the wooden barriers) and guards from both sides open fire on his car as he does so (but he gets away unharmed).
  • As Daryl runs through a junkyard, Freddy opens a car door, causing Daryl to flip over it. He then holds his gun on Daryl.
  • An emu farmer's keys hit him in the crotch when they fly back on their retractable line.
  • After a door opens and hits Freddy on the head (causing his gun to go off) a massive gun battle breaks out between local law enforcement officers and federal agents (handguns and machine guns). An agent then shoots a grenade/missile at Daryl and another man, causing a nearby car to explode. More gunfire and explosions then follow. Freddy then shoots at anyone in his way as he escapes from the scene in a car.
  • Mexican border cops slam Daryl onto the hood of a vehicle.
  • A woman who's acting like Daryl's wife smacks him.
  • A man shoots another man point blank in the head while both are seated in a car (but we don't see the actual shooting/death). Freddy then opens fire on the assailant as he drives away (and hits the car but not the man).
  • Various characters hold their guns on others.
  • A man holds a gun to Chloe and others then aim their guns at him. A gun battle then breaks out where several people are shot and a man crashes through a window. Freddy then slides across the floor and shoots several more people (who are injured or dead).
  • A man shoots at Freddy who shoots the cable holding a chandelier that then falls and lands on that man.
  • Daryl repeatedly shoots at a man but misses. That man then prepares to shoot him and others, but ends up shooting himself in the foot. A dog bites him and he then stumbles down a flight of stairs with his gun accidentally going off several times as he does so (hitting him every time, but all played for laughs and without any blood/gore).
  • A woman punches a man in the shoulder.

  • Reviewed January 9, 2001 / Posted January 12, 2001

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