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Booty Call
(1997)
Reviewed by Jason Coffman
Rating: 9 Beans

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ne night, early in the school year (or "back in the day," as is said in the vernacular), someone on campus rented "Booty Call." I had seen previews for it, and it looked awful, but it was free. As so many of the terrible, terrible films I have seen were. Except, you see, it (like all those other films) wasn't truly free: my soul paid the forfeit. Yes, "Booty Call" is a tremendous waste of time, a plotless mess, something you watch with friends to bond together and vow never to speak of again.

To say that "Booty Call" doesn't have a plot is being way too kind. Two guys and two ladies go out on a double date. One couple has been seeing each other for a while, the other are out for the first time. One of the ladies is named Listerine (Vivica A. Fox). That's about as subtle as the humour gets in this movie.

Anyway, the two guys make a bet: the guy who's been seeing his lady for a while (Tommy Davidson) bets that he will have her in bed before the night is out. His friend is played by Jamie Fox, and I honestly don't remember what their bet was for. You wouldn't care, either, if you were trying to figure out why this wasn't just a skit on "In Living Color" and not a full-length film.

So everyone's trying to get some safe sex, but no one has the proper materials. The naughtiness begins (minus the theme from "The Benny Hill Show," which hurts the film a lot), and the boys have to stop to go out and buy condoms. The local shop is run by an old Asian fellow in popular African-American youth clothing. It is funny.

Oh wait. No it isn't. At any rate, the film plods along with the stereotypes, the sex gags, and inane dialogue until it finally ends happily. I don't think that counts as a spoiler, as this is a comedy, and comedies don't end badly. If you have any episodes of "In Living Color" on old videotapes laying around your house, you'd do much better to watch them than rent "Booty Call." Of course, you'd do much better to watch UPN, too.






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