All About the Benjamins
|All About the Benjamins|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kevin Bray|
|Produced by||Matt Alvarez
|Written by||Ice Cube
Valarie Rae Miller
Roger Guenveur Smith
Anthony Michael Hall
Lil' Bow Wow
|Music by||John Murphy|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Release date(s)||March 8, 2002|
|Running time||98 minutes|
All About the Benjamins is a 2002 American action comedy film directed by Kevin Bray, and starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps as a bounty hunter and repeat offender who join forces to find a group of diamond thieves, the former for glory, and the latter to retrieve a winning lottery ticket. The film was released in theaters in March of 2002 to negative reviews, with critics criticizing the plot, violence, and crude humor with audience praising the film. Despite this, the film was a moderate box office hit. The film's title was taken from the popular 1997 hip-hop song performed by P. Diddy "It's All About the Benjamins".
Bucum (Ice Cube), a maverick bounty hunter, is out to capture a petty drug dealer, Lil J (Anthony Michael Hall). Bucum confronts Lil J in his trailer home and nearly handcuffs him, but Lil J's girlfriend, who wields a shotgun, recklessly shoots at Bucum. Bucum manages to tackle Lil J's girlfriend and arrest Lil J. Bucum's boss Martinez (Anthony Giaimo), however, is not pleased with Bucum and pays him less than expected. After a brief conversation about the lottery with his attractive co-worker Pam (Valerie Rae Miller), Bucum learns from Martinez that he must capture a con man named Reggie Wright (Mike Epps), whom Bucum has captured three times prior. Bucum sees Reggie at a convenience store but fails to catch him. Meanwhile, during a photoshoot, diamond thieves Julian (Roger Guenveur Smith) and Ursula (Carmen Chaplin) are posing as a photographer and model until Mr. Barkley arrives. The duo murder the co-photographer, the makeup artist and Barkley's bodyguards, much to Barkley's surprise. Barkley is then shot in the head after a brief dialogue with Julian for murdering the witnesses. They then retrieve the diamonds from Barkley. Bucum catches at Reggie again and chases him until he remains unnoticed since he is hidden in a van. The thieves comes down, shoots at Bucum and escapes, unbeknowist to them that Reggie is hidden. In a boatyard, the thieves finds Reggie in the van and shoot at him when he escapes, leaving his wallet behind. At the crime scene, Martinez is fed up of Bucum's attempts and orders him to stay away from Reggie.
In Reggie's apartment, Reggie and his girlfriend Gina (Eva Mendes) eventually win the lottery, only to find out that Reggie lost the latter, which was in Reggie's wallet. In the boatyard, Julian and Ursula are yelled at by their boss Williamson (Tommy Flanagan), who pulls out his anger by shooting Julian in the arm, severely wounding him and leading to an arm brace. Reggie is soon captured by Bucum during an attempt to retrieve his wallet and while in the car, Reggie manages to convince Bucum to find his wallet and find the thieves. At the boatyard, Bucum and Reggie realizes that the van is unclear of its location, so Bucum tries to find the thieves while Reggie is handcuffed to his bed with Gina. Julian, in a psychopathic estate, is told to assassinate Reggie. He arrives at the apartment, and is knocked unconscious by Bucum. The duo then decides to torture Julian into answers by pending a screwdriver into Julian's arm brace, which can rip through his skin. Julian then reveals Williamson's name. Bucum awaits in the boatyard of Williamson's boat dealership and poses as a costumer. This soon fails, and he decides to go to the Barkley residence. At the house, they find a dead Mrs. Barkley and eventually find the real diamonds. They return to Bucum's apartment and soon they find Williamson has kidnapped Gina.
In response, they roll a car into Williamson's boat dealership with Julian and Ms. Barkley's murderer named Roscoe inside. Willamson finds a tape recorder that informs him to meet Reggie and Bucum at a dog track with Gina to reveal the real diamonds. This goes successful with Pam posing as a janitor, Reggie revealing the diamonds, and Bucum taking position as sniper in a dog tracksman disguise to take out a sniper working for Williamson until Reggie flips the diamonds off of Williamson's hands leading to a shootout and chase. During the chase, Williamson pulls out a bazooka and opens fire, missing Bucum, Reggie, Gina and Pam but instead blowing up a nearby fish truck. He escapes, and Bucum and Reggie are so fed up with the plan that they decide to break up their workship. Pam convinces Bucum to talk to Reggie and they make up again. The duo leads to a boat dock in which Gina and Pam await behind them. Bucum gives Reggie a taser since Reggie accidentally drops one of Bucum's guns into the ocean. On the boat, when Bucum leaves since he sees Pam and Gina running away, Reggie finds his wallet but is soon caught by Williamson and Ursula and he even forces Reggie to take his money on the boat. Bucum, taking Ursula as a hostage, catches up with them. Williamson, in response, kills Ursula by shooting her in the head and wounds Reggie, leading to a fight as the boat speeds up. Williamson is knocked out by the boat's speed and crashed ancessory, breaking his neck. Bucum and Reggie reunite until Williamson, badly injured, attacks Bucum when Reggie tases him and Bucum shoots Williamson to death. Later, Bucum and Reggie are figuring out what to do next but the coast guards are coming, and Bucum is forced to handcuff Reggie and hide the money.
Six weeks later, Reggie is released from prison, and Bucum, who has a new car and spending money along with Gina and Pam, shows Reggie the ticket. The film ends as the quarter, along with two elderly con associates of Reggie, skiing on the boat through the ocean.
- "I bet you'll never find, BLUM BLUM BLUM BLUM, a hairline like mine"
- "I bet you don't have dreams you have movies"
- Reggie: "You don't have a forehead... you have a five-head."
- Reggie: "Yo' hairline goes way back. I bet if you was in the Army you have to salute like this, YES SIR!"[salutes all the way to the back of his head]
- Ice Cube as Bucum: a bounty hunter who has a hatred for his job due to low-budget payment and teams up with Reggie
- Mike Epps as Reggie Wright: a con-artist who teams with Bucum.
- Eva Mendes as Gina: Reggie's girlfriend
- Tommy Flanagan as Robert Williamson: a car dealership owner who wants the diamonds in exchange for money and the main antagonist.
- Carmen Chaplin as Ursula: a diamond thief working for Williamson and also his lover.
- Anthony Giaimo as Martinez: Bucum's boss
- Robert MacBeth as Store Owner: a local store owner who shows great annoyance of Reggie.
- Valarie Rae Miller as Pam: Bucum's girlfriend who is also his co-worker.
- Roger Guenveur Smith as Julian Ramose: a diamond thief working for Williamson.
- Bob Carter as Mr. Barkley: a wealthy man who has a batch of diamonds, wanted by Williamson.
- Bow Wow as Kelly (Lil Bow Wow): a neighbor of Reggie.
- Anthony Michael Hall as Lil J: a con artist who is arrested by Bucum earlier in the film.
- Barbara Barron as Mrs. Barkley: the wife of Mr. Barkley.
All About the Benjamins scored poorly on Rotten Tomatoes with 30% on the Tomatometer. Some of the critics said it was, "A sloppy, poorly directed action-comedy, All About the Benjamins is too derivative and gratuitously violent."