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Undercover Brother


1970s super freak and groovy funkmeister Undercover Brother (Eddie Griffin) joins a secret taskforce of Black secret agents who try to thwart The Man's evil plot to rid the world of Black culture.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Stereotype-based satire; not for young kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong material for a PG-13 -- as usual, the MPAA is much more lax with a comedy than they would be if the same material appeared in a drama. The movie has sexual references and situations, smoking, drinking, and drug humor, and comic violence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes that the movie uses for humor and to make its points. How can some issues be addressed more effectively through comedy than through drama? Parents might find that they have to explain some of the humor to teenagers who are too young to remember some of the outfits and expressions made fun of in the movie.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The smartest bonehead comedy of the summer.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, May 31, 2002

Fresh: The broad physical comedy is as reliable as a brick house.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, May 31, 2002

Fresh: Led by Griffin's smartly nuanced performance and enthusiasm, the cast has a lot of fun with the material.

- David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter, Friday, May 31, 2002

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Literally too funky to be believed, Undercover Brother is an over-the-top hilarious spoof of Blaxploitation and spy films. Not since "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" have I seen a send-up like this. There are shades of Shaft, Superfly, Huggy Bear, and more, along with James Bond-ish spectre-type "the man" to boot. Its loads better and hipper than Austin Powers: Goldmember.You'll laugh out loud over and over. Eddie Griffin is outstanding as the title character, and smart brother, conspiracy brother (Dave Chappelle), Sistah Girl, and White She-Devil will leave you in stitches. I didn't like Neil Patrick Harris' character, a lame white boy, much, but loved over the top nemesis Chris Kattan. Billy Dee Williams and James Brown add credibility to this hilarious parody. Its politically incorrect in the extreme so don't get offended by the catfight scene and other, just have fun. Final Advice: Long live the BROTHERHOOD, and stay away from the fried chicken!

- clintervin, Thursday, October 11, 2012

2 stars

Undercover Brother: You mess with the 'fro, you got to go. It's an understatement to say that I'm disappointed with Undercover Brother. I had fun for about 20 minutes and then it gets old and it gets old quickly. That would be because it's a one-joke comedy and you can only hear a joke so many times before it's not funny anymore. The movie was way to mild also. If your going to go for a Blaxploitation type movie; then go for it. This being PG-13 destroys it in my eyes. This type of movie can't survive without without tons of violence, nudity, and profanity. That's just how it is. The movie does have some bright spots. It features a really good soundtrack. Eddie Griffin isn't horrible in the lead role, but Dave Chappelle and Neil Patrick Harris are the two actors to watch in this one. Denise Richards, while attractive, annoys the hell out of me no matter what she's in. I can't stand her. Basically Undercover Brother doesn't entertain me throughout. Yeah it's going to be stupid and I'm fine with that. But what it shouldn't be is dull and boring. After awhile it does become dull and it does become somewhat boring. It just can't maintain the laughs and that will kill a comedy every time.

- blkbomb, Wednesday, July 20, 2011

4 stars

I loved how funny this movie was. I could watch this movie everday if I had to!

- fb733768972, Monday, February 15, 2010