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Malibu's Most Wanted


Hip-Hop Comedy. Malibu's most wanted rapper, Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman, maintains a hip-hop lifestyle that is seriously hindering his father's bid for governor.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Dumb movie, but some funny moments for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Malibu's Most Wanted is the story of a wealthy white gubernatorial candidate's son who believes he's a rapper "from the streets" ... of Malibu. Much of the humor is derived from satirizing class and cultural differences between relatively privileged white people and African Americans from poorer neighborhoods, and how the two perceive each other. The "N" word is used several times, as is other profanity. There's gunplay -- with fake guns at first, but inevitably culminating in a drive-by that turns into a machine-gun battle between rival gangs. There's a fantasy sequence in which a young woman takes off her top, and in one scene a character mistakenly believes he sees oral sex being performed.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why people are drawn to other cultures and when it's possible to be yourself by immersion in a culture that's not your own.
  • There's a long tradition of white performers co-opting the music and humor of ethnic performers. Why do you think that is?
  • What other comedies have you seen that deal with black-white culture clash?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: At its worst, Malibu's Most Wanted resembles a 10th-generation dupe of some bottom-dwelling teen comedy daubed with fake family uplift.

- Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger, Friday, April 18, 2003

Rotten: As a star vehicle for Kennedy, Malibu doesn't advance the ball, but the timing could be perfect to grab the eager-for -the-end -of-school crowd.

- C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, April 18, 2003


- Charles Taylor,, Friday, April 18, 2003

Audience Reviews

0 star

How could somebody let this crap into a theater???

- dukeakasmudge, Thursday, October 22, 2009

2 stars

"Don't be hatin'" A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rapper. REVIEW Great premise, but they managed to muck it up. This flick was big on stereotypes; small on imagination. A lot of the humor was sophomoric and crass; indicating a not- too - mature writing staff. Some adult supervision would have greatly enhanced this predictable bore. The casting was great - all the main characters were quite capable and the movie did have its moments. Jamie Kennedy had the rap-wannabe dialect down. The movie quickly became bogged down with racial stereotyping, however: hostile blacks, lots of guns, women as sex objects. This film had lots of potential - it just needed some direction and, in the end, originality. The word "bitch" was used so frequently as it would indicate that the script writer received royalties for it. "Bitch", "bee-och"; it quickly graduated from offensive to nauseating.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Saturday, August 15, 2009

2 stars

While this film is promising in it's setup, it just doesn't stay fly throughout the film's entirety, but some solid performances, and scenes make it what it is, straight up hilarious.

- EbertsLittleApprentice, Wednesday, January 13, 2010