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I’m Gonna Git You Sucka

Year: 1988
Production Co: Front Films
Director: Keenan Ivory Wayans
Writer: Keenan Ivory Wayans
Cast: Keenan Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Isaac Hayes, John Vernon Kadeem Hardison, Clu Gallagher, Damon Wayans, Chris Rock
Long before Scary Movie, the Wayans brothers were the parody guys with their politically incorrect TV show In Living Colour.

I've never seen the show, but it was presumably popular enough to make them and the executives think it would translate to the big screen. The result was a self-declared exploitation film parody in the same way the Naked Gun films were a parody of TV cop shows and Top Secret was a parody of WWII spy thrillers.

The film has two problems. The first is that the institutions it's parodying aren't visible or distinctive enough in the story to give the audience a frame of reference so they know they're watching a parody. The second is that it isn't funny.

The story of a infantryman returning to the rough black neighbourhood and leading a crusade against the local crime boss is too self conscious to be ridiculous the way a parody should, and too rooted in abject silliness (to say nothing of a dire script with overlong jokes that fall on their faces and dreadful performances) to be a straight comedy.

Watch for a 23 year old Chris Rock as a customer at Hammer and Slammer's rub joint.

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