Eddie Griffith stars in this spoof of 1970s’ “blaxploitation” films. A diabolical, Caucasian underground movement launches an all-out campaign to reverse the prevalent influence of black culture on white America. But B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., with the help of Undercover Brother, “UB,” (Griffin), prepares to thwart the evil plans of Mr. Feather (Chris Kattan). Mr. Feather has already drugged General Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams), the first black presidential candidate. UB swaps his 70s Afro hairdo, 1972 Cadillac and tight-fitting polyester suit for slicked down hair and preppie business suit to rescue the general, aided by Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis). But UB may meet his match in the adversary’s secret weapon, White She Devil (Denise Richards). Moviegoers looking for escapism will find this ludicrous comedy worth the price of admission
Much of UNDERCOVER BROTHER’s humor comes from black characters making fun of stereotyped Caucasians’ eating globs of mayonnaise, uptight attitude about sex, and obsession with 401K plans. Likewise, stereotypical black characters’ habits and expressions are parodied by Mr. Feather and his henchmen, including crude references to sex and bathroom humor. Other laugh-generating antics include UB jumping off buildings, crashing through plate glass windows, attacking the enemy with martial art kicks and painful hits, plus the usual car chases and explosions. Sistah Girl and White She Devil confront each other in a vicious fight with sexually suggestive overtones. Thrown into the mix are several obscenities and many crudities. The women wear revealing, low-cut outfits and a white female executive appears sexually aroused by the disguised UB’s introduction of a marketing strategy for a new product. There are better choices for summer recreation than UNDERCOVER BROTHER with its offensive exploitation of violence and crude humor.