CORPORATE LINE: After messing up a major drug bust in New York City, two African American FBI agents (who are also brothers), Marcus and Kevin Copeland (Shawn and Marlon Wayans), try to impress their boss by volunteering to protect the Wilton Sisters, Tiffany (Dudek) and Brittany (Ward), the heiresses of a hotel empire, from a kidnapping scheme during a short trip from JFK to the Hamptons. Deciding to change the strategy drastically, the brothers use themselves as bait, wearing lots of pale makeup and dresses to pass as the Wilton sisters, while the real sisters are hidden away, safe from harm. Now, the agents just have to convince the world (including their coworkers who are now protecting *them* and the Wiltons’ friends and family) that they’re actually young, rich, white heiresses.
THE GOOD: White Chicks offers up some laughs. Enough laughs to keep the film going? Hardly.
THE BAD: Are we supposed to believe that anyone would think these two are a few white girls? The Wayans’ brothers look nothing like white chicks–not to mention they are six inches taller than they girls they are supposed to be. Of course the script quickly tries to dispel this by offering up collagen and knee lifts or something silly. It’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard. You want to see someone pretend to be Caucasian and get away with it? Try Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live in the early ‘80s. That was funny.
The entire film is full of fart jokes and kiddy humor. There are a few scenes that are funny but many that are plain ridiculous. The biggest problem with the film how the viewer is supposed to believe every dopy excuse that is thrown out at us whenever a problem comes up–especially with the Wayans’ being white chicks. Do you think an FBI agent could be fired only to make a big bust and be rehired and patted on the back by their boss? I’d think they’d be serving jail time. That’s the real joke.
FRANKLY: Sure the Wayans brothers are trying to cash in by making fun of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie but this film is tired–the funny thing is that the gals from the Simple Life get the last laugh by being funnier. White Chicks depend on you believing that the Wayans are white and women—you don’t believe it for a minute and that ruins the entire film.
+ Charlie Craine