June 28, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Pootie Tang

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
82 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/29/01
performer
Lance Crouther, Dave Attell, Reg E. Cathey, Chuck Jeffreys, Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Robert Vaughn
guest performer
Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter
director
Louis C.K.
Producers
3 Arts Entertainment, Alphaville Films, MTV Films
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Louis C.K.
genre
Comedy
We gave it a C

How awesome is Pootie Tang, the trash talking fashion plate street rap superhero? He’s so awesome that when he records a new single that consists, literally, of silence (complete with mimed gospel screams in the recording studio), the whole world is enthralled. That’s a gag as innocuously broad as anything in ”Dude, Where’s My Car?,” and the amiably silly ”Pootie Tang” offers more of the same.

As Pootie, who speaks in an incomprehensible argot of hip-hop baby talk (”I’m gonna sine your pity on the runny kine! Sipi-tai!”), Lance Crouther suggests the young Billy Dee Williams dolled up like Busta Rhymes playing a daffy Sean Combs in a 21st century spoof of ”Superfly.” Chris Rock served as one of the film’s producers (he makes several on screen appearances as well), and as brilliant as Rock can be, this material is a reflection of his shallow, moralistic side; it defangs its target instead of savaging it. The name ”Pootie Tang” is bandied about so often that you may feel like stopping the movie to say ”Joke received.”

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