Black Knight

20th Century Fox Released 2001


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Gil Junger
Black Knight is a 2001 comedy directed by Gil Junger. Jamal Walker (Martin Lawrence) is a menial laborer at Medieval World, a run-down theme park that is going out of business due to a new attraction called Castle World. As Jamal is cleaning the park one day, he falls into the moat when he tries to pull a strange medallion out of the water. When Jamal emerges from the moat, he finds himself in a new place with a castle nearby. At first, Jamal thinks that he is just in Castle World and the people around him are all actors, but he soon realizes that he has actually traveled back in time to 14th century England. Soon, the streetwise Jamal finds himself working as the head of security for King Leo (Kevin Conway), wooing a beautiful chambermaid, Victoria (Marsha Thomason), and teaching some hilarious, modern ideas to his primitive, medieval friends.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It has more hilarious throwaway lines than most comedies offer up as their best jokes, and it is consistently inspired, energetic and, most important, light on its feet.

  • 30

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Arriving so soon after "A Knight's Tale" -- and the 25th-anniversary reissue of the classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Black Knight is a textbook example of too much, too l...

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A movie that knows its audience. Its underlying philosophy might be: why try harder when this is all they expect?

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