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Robert Townsend has managed to build an entire career on the basis of one funny movie (The Hollywood Shuffle)--even though he hasn't had one that was anywhere near as funny since. Case in point: This would-be comedy about an unwilling black superhero. Townsend plays a schoolteacher in a bad Washington, D.C., neighborhood that is controlled by a vicious drug gang (recognizable by their blonde-dyed hair). Then he is hit by a meteor and suddenly finds that he has super strength and can fly (and can read the minds of dogs). But Townsend's writing is surprisingly weak and, despite a cast that includes a mugging Bill Cosby, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, and sadly miscast James Earl Jones, this movie is never able to get off the ground. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Robert TownsendJefferson Reed
Marla GibbsMrs. Reed
Eddie GriffinMichael
Robert GuillaumeTed Reed
James Earl JonesEarnest Moses
Roy FeganSimon
Don CheadleGoldilocks
Bobby McGeeUzi
Bill CosbyMarvin
Big Daddy KanePirate
Frank GorshinByers the Mobster
SinbadMalik
Luther VandrossJamison
Tommy 'Tiny' ListerDigit
B-RealCrip
Wallace ShawnMr. Little
John WitherspoonClarence James Carter III
Faizon LoveMaurice
Biz MarkieHimself
Chris TuckerMC in Mall

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Robert Townsend
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 6, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 18, 2003
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