BLANKMAN

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Release Date: August 19, 1994

Starring: Damon Wayans, David Alan
Grier, Robin Givens, Jon
Polito, & Jason Alexander

Genre: Adventure comedy

Audience: Adults & older teenagers

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 92 minutes

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Director: Mike Binder EXECUTIVE
PRODUCER: Damon Wayans

Executive Producer:

Producer: Eric L. Gold & C.O. Erickson

Writer: Damon Wayans & J.F. Lawton

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Content:

(NA, LLL, VV, S, NN, M) Mock-morality in which safety for citizens is the goal, but no moral standard is offered except to do that which is "right"; 28 obscenities, 5 profanities, 5 exclamatory profanities, numerous vulgarities, & frequent crude sexual innuendo; action & physical violence portrayed but not condoned -- bomb explosions, several murders, fistfights, muggings, & prostitute beaten by pimp; strongly implied & encouraged promiscuity, virginity ridiculed; brief, but recurrent, female nudity in pin-up wall posters; and, somewhat crude scene involving the birth of a baby.

Summary:

Troubled by rampant crime in the streets and pushed over the edge by the murder of his grandmother, geeky gadget inventor Darryl Walker assumes a bargain-basement, crime-fighting alter ego with no superpowers and no name in the Columbia Pictures comedy, BLANKMAN. Damon Wayans stars, writes and produces his way through this mediocre comedy which features few laughs and serves mostly to offend with base, vulgar humor and crude, obscene language.

Review:

Troubled by rampant crime in the streets and pushed over the edge by the murder of his grandmother, geeky gadget inventor Darryl Walker assumes a bargain-basement, crime-fighting alter ego with no superpowers and no name in the Columbia Pictures comedy, BLANKMAN. Damon Wayans stars, writes and produces his way through this mediocre comedy which features few laughs and serves mostly to offend with base, vulgar humor and crude, obscene language.

While Darryl's home-made crime-fighting gizmos are mildly funny, and his geeky persona potentially humorous, the overwhelming majority of BLANKMAN's comedy is mediocre at best and base and crude at its worst (the latter is most frequent). The premise of the movie is actually a very cute idea with great promise, had it only been written by someone whose brain cells were not fermented in filth. The real problem with BLANKMAN is that it has no moral center around which to revolve. What good is a crime-fighter with no recognizable or explainable "code"? The movie does succeed in one area, however: It communicates an irresponsible and immoral message about sexual activity, promoting promiscuity and sexual conquest of women while ridiculing virginity and a respectful, chaste approach to relationships.

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