Black boys will be white girls
The Wayans play Kevin and Marcus Coleman, disguise-happy FBI agents who are also major screw-ups. Because of this, they are given the assignment to babysit the Wilsons, who are being threatened with kidnapping, from the airport to the Hamptons. When they manage to screw up even this easy assignment, they decide to cover it up by disguising themselves as the heiresses, wearing the most elaborate tranny make-up ever seen in movies. Though it can't make the Wayans look like the Wilsons, the change to women is uncanny. And it's not just the make-up, as their mannerisms are enjoyable as well. As they try and live the Wilsons' lives, things get more out-of-hand, with a pair of competitive FBI agents following them and an NBA player interested in Brittany (Marlon.) The movie piles on the coincidences and complications, building a comedy of errors.
This is obviously a Wayans brothers flick, showcasing the younger members of the clan. While Shawn holds his own, Marlon is obviously the better actor, having honed his chops in movies not directed by his brother. When in make-up, their ability to channel the "real" Wilson sisters is excellent, right down to the bounce in their voices. Of course, I am solely praising his ability to make the comedy work, since any of their scenes involving emotion or plot, of which there are several shoehorned into the movie, fall extremely flat.
While the Wayans are the key to the film, the supporting cast gets plenty of action, especially the NBA star, Latrell Spencer (Terry Crews), a big, muscular black man with a taste for "white meat." His scenes, especially when in the car or at the club, get some of the biggest laughs of the film, if only because they are so uncomfortable or insane. The rest of the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, including Brittany Daniels' (Joe Dirt) magazine heiress, Megan Vandergeld, and Busy Phillips' ("Freaks and Geeks") good-girl socialite Karen. Each has their moments, but they are mainly there to advance the awkward plot.
That plot, by the way, is pretty much unnecessary, and is usually on the back burner. The movie works better when poking fun at Hamptons culture and the Wilsons/Hiltons or throwing out zingers, than when trying to tell a story. A major example of this is a subplot involving Marcus' wife, who thinks he's having an affair, but it doesn't do much more than fill space. I actually had to check to make sure she wasn't a Wayans collecting a paycheck. Also, and I don't think I missed it, but an oft-mentioned part of the story involving who gets the cover of Hamptons Magazine, is simply forgotten.
This being the uncut version of the film, it has several changes from the movie shown in theaters. Having not seen the rated edition, I can't be certain about the differences, but based on Keenan Ivory Wayans' comments and the DVD's help (see The Extras), the biggest change is the addition of a scene involving a dildo. There is no nudity, though, so anyone who connects uncut with XXX, they will once again be disappointed. I've yet to see an uncut edition include more nudity, so it's time to stop promoting them with such suggestions. The additions here mainly involve gross-outs and language.
Three featurettes are available to check out, but when you add it all up, it's more like one extended featurette. That's because much of the material is repeated in two of three featurettes. It seems as though the EPK created by Revolution Studios was cut up again and again. The Encore network used that footage to put together a featurette of their own, titled "Encore: On the Set," which has interviews with the principals, clips from the trailer and behind-the-scenes looks. The video is a mix of full-screen and letterboxed widescreen. Much of the footage seen here is repeated in "A Wayans Comedy (The Idea, Process, and Humor of Creating a Comedy)." How they came up with the concept and put it together is covered here, with the same mix of interviews and scenes from the movie. The EPK is sliced up again in "How's They Do That? (The Makeup), which focuses a bit more on the special effects of the films. Combined, the three featurettes do provide a good amount of info on the making of the film, but there is a lot of repetition.
Brief text filmographies for the Wayans are included, along with four trailers, including the preview for White Chicks, Christmas with the Kranks, Hitch and Are We There Yet?. The amount of extras is weak, considering how many times on the commentary the Wayans mention putting alternate takes on the DVD.
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