Picks and Pans Review: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

updated 01/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

This send-up of the violent black exploitation films of the 1970s, such as Shaft and Superfly, is a case of too little and too late. But writer-director-star Keenen Ivory Wayans, co-writer of Eddie Murphy's concert hit Raw, gets in his licks with disarming good cheer. Wayans plays Jack Spade, home from a 10-year stretch in the Army's secretarial pool to attend his brother Junebug's funeral. Crime boss John (Animal House) Vernon has addicted the local youth to gold chains; Junebug died from being "over-golded." These are the jokes, folks. Vowing revenge, Jack rounds up some black heroes to help. The fun comes in watching these aging action jocks mock their machismo. Bernie (Black Gunn) Casey is a mellowed ex-supercop; Clarence (The Mod Squad) Williams III is a guerrilla-turned-house-husband; and Isaac (Truck Turner) Hayes and Jim (100 Rifles) Brown are retired head busters now running a ribs joint. The humor may be slapdash and scattershot, but there's no point kicking too hard at a movie that's so eager to please. (R)

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