Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Keenen Ivory Wayans|
|Produced by||Keenen Ivory Wayans
Lee R. Mayes
|Screenplay by||Keenen Ivory Wayans
Michael Anthony Snowden
|Story by||Keenen Ivory Wayans
|Music by||Teddy Castellucci|
|Editing by||Jeffrey Stephen Gourson
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||110 minutes|
White Chicks is a 2004 American buddy cop comedy film written, produced and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written and produced by Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who also both starred in the lead roles. The film was released in the United States on June 23, 2004. The film was produced by Revolution Studios and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The plot revolves around whiteface drag, as two African American FBI agents disguise themselves as two Caucasian women. Despite negative critical reviews, the film was a financial success.
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Kevin Copeland (Shawn Wayans) and Marcus (Marlon Wayans) are two FBI agents that are posing undercover as two shop owners when three men walk in, with what appears to be ice cream, and ask for the payment for the "ice cream". Kevin and Marcus put on a play for them until they reveal themselves to be FBI. They subdue the delivery men and open the containers and realize it really is ice cream, vanilla. Just then, another three guys walk in, saying that the "ice cream" is here, and then realize the two are FBI. They have a shootout and then flee along with the real delivery men, confusing Kevin and Marcus.
They get scolded by the chief. The chief holds a briefing for socialite kidnappings that were assumed to be done by Ted Burton, and that the Wilson sisters, Brittany and Tiffany Wilson, are the next target. He says he needs someone to be their bodyguard, simultaneously, Kevin and Marcus walk in saying they want in on the case, and the chief accepts them.
They pick up the Wilsons at the airport and drive them to the Hamptons. In the car, the sisters explain why they're there. Then, they say that their pomeranian likes fresh air and tells Kevin to open a window, but the dog almost falls out of the window, making Kevin drive uncontrollably until they fall out of the road. The sisters get scars and refuse to leave the motel they've stopped at. Kevin has an idea, which Marcus reluctantly agrees with, and calls Josh, a make-up artist who disguises them as the Wilson sisters.
At the hotel, while posing as the Wilson sisters, Kevin and Marcus meet Brittany and Tiffany's three best friends, Karen, Tori and Lisa; as well as their rivals – also sisters – Megan and Heather Vandergeld. They also encounter Karen's abusive boyfriend, Heath, a broke, out-of-work actor and Russ, Heath's best friend and The Vandergeld Sisters' party boy. They also go out shopping, making a hilarious scene at the mall, and making Gina, Marcus's wife, suspect he's cheating on her.
Latrell Spencer (Terry Crews), a wealthy black man that prefers white women, takes an interest in Marcus, thinking that he is actually the real Tiffany Wilson. While at a magazine reception, Kevin and Marcus embarrass the Vandergeld sisters. A date with Marcus/Tiffany is then auctioned off to Latrell during a charity dinner. Kevin takes advantage of the situation and asks Denise Porter, a reporter he met who's doing a piece on Warren Vandergeld, out on a date, pretending that he is Latrell, as Denise has a history of dating rich men. When Marcus goes on his date with the real Latrell, and makes Latrell want him/her even more, Kevin steals the keys to Latrell's car and house. When Kevin and Denise arrive at Latrell's house, Kevin is mauled by Latrell's giant dog, prompting Denise to leave, but eventually falls for him. Through this date, Kevin learns that Burton turned on Mr. Vandergeld and tucked away $100 million, this sets the motive for the scheme.
At a nightclub, Kevin and Marcus embarrass the Vandergelds again, and Karen drinks heavily and unintentionally lets it slip that Mr. Vandergeld is penniless, and has only recently paid Karen's own father back for loans he has lent him. The next day, Latrell and Russ wake up and discover they did it. Also, Gina goes to the hotel and finds Marcus with "Brittany Wilson" and gets mad at him. Meanwhile, the real Brittany and Tiffany see their faces on a magazine and they realize that two people are impersonating them. They go to the hotel that their "clones" were seen in, and Gomez and Harper, two other FBI agents, mistaking them for Kevin and Marcus after searching their room through suspicion, undress the girls in front of the chief. This leads to the chief finding out that Marcus and Kevin have been impersonating the Wilson sisters. Because of this, the chief fires the both of them.
Later, Kevin and Marcus find out that, due to his bankruptcy, Mr. Vandergeld – along with Heath – has been behind the socialite kidnappings in order to save himself and his family from poverty and they manage to capture Mr. Vandergeld before he succeeds. At the fashion show, after Megan and Heather Vandergeld are embarrassed and Kevin and Marcus interrupt the show, a shootout occurs. Vandergeld takes one of the real Wilson sisters and Marcus hostage, and Latrell takes a hit from a bullet shot by Mr. Vandergeld to protect Marcus, only to be alarmed and enraged to discover – not that Marcus is actually male – but rather, that he's actually black. Lucky for him, Latrell soon meets the real Wilson sisters, much to his delight. After Vandergeld's arrested, Marcus apologizes to his wife Gina after realizing that being a female is a hard task, and also because he'd been ignoring Gina for his job. Denise falls for Kevin, after Kevin saves her from Vandergeld who tried to kill her for exposing his crime on camera. Tori, Lisa, & Karen say that the like Marcus & Kevin more than Brittany and Tiffany. They all agree to stay friends and go shopping.
- Shawn Wayans as Kevin Copeland
- Marlon Wayans as Marcus Copeland
- Busy Philipps as Karen Googlestein
- Jessica Cauffiel as Tori
- Jennifer Carpenter as Lisa
- Jaime King as Heather Vandergeld
- Brittany Daniel as Megan Vandergeld
- Terry Crews as Latrell Spencer
- John Heard as Warren Vandergeld
- Frankie Faison as Section Chief Elliott Gordon
- Lochlyn Munro as Special FBI Agent Jacob Harper
- Eddie Velez as Special FBI Agent Vincent Gomez
- Maitland Ward as Brittany Wilson
- Anne Dudek as Tiffany Wilson
- Rochelle Aytes as Denise Porter
- John Reardon as Heath
- Steven Grayhm as Russ
- Casey Lee as Tony
- Faune A. Chambers as Gina Copeland
- Drew Sidora as Shaunice
- David Lewis as Josh
- Heather McDonald as Saleswoman
This film received poor reactions from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an aggregate rating of only 15% based on 121 reviews. Film critic Richard Roeper put the film at #1 on his list of the worst films of 2004 amongst claims of unconvincing prosthetics and racism. It was nominated for five Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress for the Wayans brothers in drag, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Couple, but failed to win any of those awards.
The film grossed $70,831,760 at the U.S. box office and $113,048,997 worldwide and has become popular on broadcast cable.
- "Latin Thugs" – Cypress Hill
- "Ms. Wilson" – The Penfifteen Club
- "Shake It (Like a White Girl)" – Jesse Jaymes (Copeland)
- "A Thousand Miles" – Vanessa Carlton
- "Realest Niggas" – 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G.
- "White Girls" – Mighty Casey
- "Dance City" – Oscar Hernandez
- "Trouble" – P!nk
- "U Can't Touch This" – MC Hammer
- "Dance, Dance, Dance" – The Beach Boys
- "Guantanamera" – Jose Fernandez Diaz
- "It's My Life" – No Doubt
- "(I Got That) Boom Boom" – Britney Spears featuring Ying Yang Twins
- "Bounce" (The Bandit Club Remix) – Stock, IC Green
- "Get Low" – Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins
- "Crazy in Love" – Beyoncé, Jay-Z
- "It's Tricky" – Run–D.M.C.
- "This Love" – Maroon 5
- "No Control" – Blackfire
- "I Wanna Know" – Joe
- "Tipsy" – J-Kwon
- "Satisfaction" – Benny Benassi
- "Let's Get It Started" – Black Eyed Peas
- "Move Your Feet" – Junior Senior
- "I Need Your Love Tonight" – Elvis Presley
In 2013, Marlon Wayans confirmed an interest in reviving the sequel's production. Marlon has stated that "We’re thinking about it, actually seriously talking about doing it. It’s the one thing that everybody begs us to do.” Wayans went on to recount how an audience in Australia was positively thrilled when he quoted the movie, responding with a "rousing applause." Gabriel Iglesias posted a picture saying 'On the set of White Chicks 2 w/ Marlon Wayans. Good times '.
- Cross-dressing in film and television
- Some Like It Hot, a 1959 comedy film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon. Similar story, in which two male musicians dress as women to hide from gangsters in Florida.
- "White Chicks (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- "2004 RAZZIE Nominees & "Winners"". Razzies.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
- Official website
- White Chicks at the Internet Movie Database
- White Chicks at AllMovie
- White Chicks at Rotten Tomatoes
- White Chicks at Box Office Mojo