Malibu's Most Wanted

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Released 2003

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Director:
John Whitesell
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Malibu's Most Wanted is a comedy film that revolves around one man's identity crisis. Brad (Jamie Kennedy) is the son of a rich politician, Bill Gluckman (Ryan O'Neal) who is running for governor of California. Brad is an embarrassment to his father because although he is white, he believes he is black. He dresses, speaks and acts like a rapper. Bill's campaign team is worried that Brad's odd behavior will cause him the election. They hire two black actors, Sean (Taye Diggs) and PJ (Anthony Anderson) to act as gangsters from a bad neighborhood. Sean and PJ kidnap Brad, taking him to South Central Los Angeles in the hopes that this environment will make him act white again. They take him to the home of PJ's cousin, Shondra (Regina Hall) where they expose him to real life gangsters and violence. Sean and PJ soon realize they may have gotten themselves into something they cannot handle.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Any movie that lumps Mr. O'Neal, Ms. Derek and Snoop Dogg (as the voice of a gangsta-rap answer to Stuart Little) under the same title can't be all bad.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    After an hour, or two-thirds of the film, they run out of gas. This is the kind of material that's easier to set up than it is to bring together in a satisfying fashion.

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Ultimately implodes, letting down the 'hood, hip-hoppers and Jamie Kennedy fans looking forward to his first major starring role.

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