Pootie Tang

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Released 2001

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Director:
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Released:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Pootie Tang is a hilarious comedy film brought to you by one of the most famous comedians himself: Louis C.K. The film was made to mock the "blaxploitation" genre of film, in which african american culture is emphasized, and often stereotyped. The movie centers around a young black man named Pootie Tang (Lance Crouther), who is known around his hometown of Gary, Indiana as a total ladies' man. In just the beginning of the movie, his mother and father (Chris Rock) die quite unexpectedly. Right before his father dies, Pootie inherits a belt which his father wore and claims worked wonders for him, especially in the area of 'whooping ass'. The movie then continues to follow Pootie Tang during his newfound life with this magical belt. Things get tough when corporate America gets word of the belt and tries to manipulate Pootie Tang into working for them. Pootie struggles with these proposals as he is trying to find his place in the world. Will Pootie give in to the evils of corporate America, or will he inspire the young black children of America to rise above?moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Pootie Tang may be raw and slovenly -- hey, it often is raw and slovenly -- but it succeeds as a laugh getter because of the spot-on satirical notes. You might say that the movie w...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    Too often is as garbled as Pootie's own jargon.

  • 10

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Has the distinction of being one of the most amateurish features ever released by a major studio.

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    odd jobs, outrageous situations, corrupt politics, ladies man, pop culture references