ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS

Raunchy, Racist, Rude

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Release Date: March 08, 2002

Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Tommy
Flanagan, Carmen Chaplin, and
Jeff Chase

Genre: Action-Adventure

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 130 minutes

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Director: Kevin Bray

Executive Producer: Lamont Cain, Douglas Curtis,
Toby Emmerich, Ronald Lang,
Matt Moore, and Clair Rudnick
Polstein

Producer: Matt Alvarez and Ice Cube

Writer: Ronald Land and Ice Cube

Address Comments To:

Robert Shaye & Michael Lynne
Co-Chairman/Co-CEO
New Line Cinema
116 North Robertson Blvd.
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 854-5811
Fax: (310) 659-3568
Website: www.newline.com

Content:

(PaPaPa, PCPC, B, Acap, LLL, VVV, SS, A, DD, MM) Strong pagan, racist, politically correct worldview with African-American sort-of-good-guys out to capture backward, redneck white guys as well as vicious white villains; some biblical, redemptive elements with selfless rescuing of a woman; anti-capitalist message; extreme foul language with more than 300 mostly strong obscenities and profanities; extremely high level of violence including torture scene (though an attempt was made to portray this as humorous); some sexual immorality including veiled, upper-body fornication scene; no nudity, but some cleavage and skimpy bikinis on women; alcohol use; smoking and positive references to marijuana use; and, miscellaneous immorality such as lying, cheating, stealing.


Summary:

Set in Miami, ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS is the story of an African-American bounty hunter in pursuit of a bail jumper, which leads them both to an abandoned warehouse where they team up to foil some diamond thieves and attempt to work out their personal issues. Wrought with a racist, politically correct worldview, foul language, violence, and sex, this movie is a sad commentary on the divisive nature and lack of progress in ethnic filmmaking.


Review:

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS is a mediocre movie about the unabashed pursuit of money (the “Benjamins,” as in Ben Franklin’s picture on a bill). Set in Miami, it is the story of a bitter bounty hunter (Ice Cube) in pursuit of a bail jumper (Mike Epps), which leads them both to an abandoned home. Unknown to either of them, the home is a drop-off point for a major diamond heist. Trying to be a “buddy” movie, the two are forced to work together, spending much of their time insulting each other, even fighting. Every “bad guy” in the movie is of European origin, and it is made clear that black men have to try harder to get ahead. Eventually teaming up, the duo decides to foil the diamond thieves and, at the same time, work out their own personal issues.
Working out their issues, however, involves much violence, foul language, racism, deceit, killing, and even torture. Besides all of this, the plot is full of unbelievable coincidences. The filming tries to be too hip with annoying freezes and jump cuts, and the humor depends on insulting, foul put-downs – even to innocent elderly citizens.
In a day when our president and our churches are stressing faith and unity, it is sad that movies such as this work so vehemently against that flow with their promotion of racism and division. The humor in the movie is based on foul language, which is simply lazy writing, and the role model examples of even the “good guys” are deplorable. I was sickened to see children in the audience, as this movie is not recommendable for anyone of any age.


In Brief:

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS is a mediocre movie about the pursuit of money (the “Benjamins,” as in Ben Franklin’s picture on a bill). Set in Miami, it is the story of a bounty hunter (played by Ice Cube), in pursuit of a bail jumper, which leads them both to an abandoned warehouse. Unknown to either of them, the warehouse is a drop-off point for a major diamond heist. Teaming up, the duo decides to foil the diamond thieves, and at the same time, work out their own personal issues. Working out their issues, however, involves much violence, foul language, racism, and even torture. The special camera effects are irritating and dizzying at times, and the plot is hokey and predictable in many instances.
In a day when our president and our churches are stressing faith and unity, it is sad that movies such as this work so vehemently against that flow with their promotion of racism and division. The humor in the movie is based on foul language, which is simply lazy writing, and the role model examples of even the “good guys” are deplorable. This movie is not recommendable for anyone of any age