Fifty Shades of Black (2016)

Director: Michael Tiddes
Writers: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Fred Willard

I’ve always been a fan of the Wayans brothers but appreciate that there is little middle ground, with most people falling into two categories of either loving or hating their stuff. There is also a lot of discussion regarding the content (especially racial) of their films. All this aside, they have found a successful formula so can’t really blamed for running for it. Hollywood has done it constantly for years now and few complain about that.

I actually watched this before watching the film that this parodies. I’m unsure if that was the right thing to do or not, but if you have not seen Fifty Shades of Grey, this should still satisfy their fans, or fans of downright silly and extreme sexual humour (with plenty of racial stereotypes thrown in as usual). The film never lets up with the absurd jokes and scenarios and if you have seen Grey, this pretty much parodies that film scene for scene (even down to the dialogue at times).

Marlon Wayans plays Christian Black, a billionaire businessman who has made his money the way most black entrepreneurs have. No, not through real estate, but drugs. Kali Hawke plays Steale, the naive and shy young woman who Christian quickly becomes obsessed with. Unless you have been living under a rock or in the middle of the rain-forest, I’m sure by now most people are aware of the content of Shades and how much controversy and criticism both the books and the film have received.

The jokes here and dumb, silly, slapstick, crude and sexual in nature, playing largely on the BDSM content. A lot of these jokes miss, a lot are funny if you leave your brain down the road before watching. I really do not understand the criticism this particular parody has received though. Wayons does what he does, and while of late his acting and writing may not be up to what it once was, you should know what to expect from one of his films by now. Why watch and then complain about the offensive humour? I think some people like to moan for the sake of hearing their own voices.

To sum up, this is not a good film, but it does have its funny moments and is certainly not a film to analyse in great detail but to watch, giggle, facepalm and then forget. If you’re a fan of Wayans and of crude sexual jokes then give this a try but don’t be expecting any great comical genius from it.

Source: Netflix
The Sage’s Rating: 5/10

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