Be Kind, Rewind.
First off, Happy (Day After) Father’s Day to all the father’s of VSB. Good job.
This past weekend, I finally saw Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail. Now slap me silly and call me Susan, but it seems to me like his movies are getting better. Granted, Madea Goes To Jail seemed like two movies that they tried to make into one (there were actually times that I forgot I was watching a Madea-focused movie) but I wasn’t appalled at myself after it went off. And I’ve been mad at myself for watching Tyler Perry movies before.
Now that isn’t to say that it was a great movie or anything, but I found it entertaining enough. I know that sounds like blasphemy but I’m going to run blasphemy into the ground today so strap up, Sally Ride.
Tyler Perry movies serve as a perfect segue into thinking about some movies that actually are much better than they’re given credit for because, well, most of his movies completely suck. Then again, maybe we’re looking at them wrong, and his movies aren’t the only ones. You see there are two movies that are way better than they get credit for and today, they’re going to get their due.
And what movies are those?
Baby Boy and You Got Served
Yes, today, you suckas are gonna get served.
I think I’ve discovered why most people think both of these movies are horrible. And its a reason I can understand but one I’m going to have to ask that folks get over to appreciate the wonderment that was created for our viewing pleasure.
People have trouble suspending reality when it comes to some black movies – myself included.
I don’t think that’s fair. For instance, with Baby Boy, people just had a hard time believing that Tyrese was a hood dude that could wield a gun and be hard in any way shape or form. I’ll admit, it’s a major leap of faith but get this, we all believed Ice Cube was hard as hell in NWA and Boyz N Da Hood and believed he was the scariest person alive in 1991. Tyrese can’t get NO LEEWAY???? Cube was never the thugged out gangsta he portrayed himself to be, hell neither was Dr. Dre for that matter. We suspended reality then and believed these were the hardest cats alive. Cut Tyrese a break already.
The same has to be done for You Got Served, which to me is one of the best comedies of the past 20 years. To enjoy this movie you have to pretend that dancers are the cool cats in the hood and can simultaneously be drug runners, which is a major subplot of the movie. Yes, I know that’s a lot to ask, but if you can get past that, well you have a pretty damn good movie on your hands.
Now that we’ve gotten past the suspension of reality, let’s discuss what makes these movies great. I’m a fella that likes consistency. Both of these movies have total consistency in the terribleness of the acting. I almost think Jon Singleton told everybody on the set of Baby Boy, “look, I know you all thought you were coming to work on a serious movie and some of you have trained as actors/actresses…yeah thats great. F*ck all that, just do what comes natural and we’ll roll film.”
Though we have horrible acting, we have consistently horrible acting throughout the movies. This makes for a paradigm shift of good acting. Essentially, the bare minimum becomes the status quo and voila!!! You’ve got quality acting, relative to the movie. This leads to some memorable scenes and complete unpredictability.
For instance, due to some horrible writing and craptastic plot development, stuff happens that you just don’t see coming – at all. Who could have really predicted that MH and Omarion would be DRUG RUNNERS??? Talk about pulling some sh*t out of you’re a**. Who could predict that Omar Gooding, Jr. would be the HARDCORE cat in a movie and be a cold murderer?
Who could predict that Ving Rhames would have soliloquies about “guns and butter”, “Oedipus complexes”, and drink Kool-Aid buckey nekkid in a kitchen?
Who could predict that a 9-year-old boy would be the hardest chap in You Got Served and would be the one to get murdered kickin’ it with his boys?? Umm…how many people know 9-year-olds who go ridin’ on the hood and end up murdered? Only in LA, I suppose. How many 9 year old gangstas do you know that want to become dancers instead, since that’s the cool thing to do once you’ve maxed out on possibilities from gangbangin??? At 9?
watch sweet land online You can’t tell me you saw that coming. Actually you probably can’t tell me you saw You Got Served, but you get my point.
Fact is, those movies are great when viewed properly even though about 90 percent of folks think they suck. But today…
…you suckas got served a reason to look at them differently.
Those are two of my pesonal favorite great terrible movies? What are some other movies that are actually great despite the bad wrap they get?
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3