I was only slightly disappointed by it, but only because I expected to laugh myself onto the floor. The first 30 minutes had me cracking up, especially the character of Conspiracy Brother, played by a scene-stealing Dave Chapelle (I like his "Tupac Lives" button). Jokes like "he's so well spoken" and "here's your extra mayonnaise" got to the heart of some good racial comedy (which is hard to do -- I generally hate the Def Jam style of black-white comedy that amounts to nothing more than "black people do THIS, and white people... do THIS
! BWAHAHAHA!!!!"). But I think the movie sags in the second half, when they repeat some of the same jokes over and over again, and it starts to get really really broad with the weed jokes and whatnot. I'm marginally positive on it, because it's sweet-natured, smart, has a good number of laughs, and Chapelle's performance is outstanding, but it's not the solid firecracker of a comedy I wanted it to be. It's no Austin Powers
(the first one) or Wet Hot American Summer
. Still, I think it's better than I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.
I also want to express my extreme dislike for Chris Kattan. I will never understand his popularity, either on SNL or on screen. He's irritating, stupid, unfunny, pointless, and he's a god-awful actor to boot. His scenes in UB drag the movie to a halt. Just for fun, I drove down to the Magic Johnson Theaters in Baldwin Hills, an L.A. district between Inglewood and South Central. The crowd there (I was the only white person among about 150 patrons -- there were 2 Mexicans and the rest were black) was quiet as a mouse any time Kattan was on screen. In fact, they didn't even really laugh when Eddie Griffin was on screen either. It was a surprisingly muted audience that seemed not to really appreciate the film. I think that spells bad box office. So I'm torn -- not the riotous event I hoped from the trailers or reviews, but also not the bomb it could have been with Griffin in the lead and a skimpy premise. I might catch it again on DVD in a year.