Fifty Shades of Black

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Fifty Shades of Black
Fifty Shades of Black poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Tiddes
Produced by
Written by
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Rick Alvarez
Starring
Music by Jim Dooley
Cinematography David Ortkiese
Edited by Lawrence Jordan
Production
companies
Distributed by Open Road Films
Release date
  • January 29, 2016 (2016-01-29)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million[2]
Box office $22.2 million[3]

Fifty Shades of Black is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes and starring Marlon Wayans, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. The film is a parody of the 2015 erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey, and was released theatrically on January 29, 2016. It grossed $22 million at the worldwide box office on a $5 million budget. It was also Florence Henderson's last film before her death on November 24, 2016, which was 10 months after the film was released.

Synopsis[edit]

Christian Black introduces shy college student Hannah Steele to the world of "romance" after she interviews him for her school newspaper. Their kinky relationship stumbles forward despite Christian's shortcomings as a lover and the antics of his racist adoptive mother Claire, his well-endowed brother Eli and Hannah's hyper-sexual roommate Kateesha.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On June 3, 2015, it was announced that Open Road Films had acquired the US distribution rights to the yet-to-be made film for $5 million.[8][9]

Principal photography on the film began August 11, 2015, in Los Angeles.[10]

Release[edit]

The film was released in North America on January 29, 2016, alongside Kung Fu Panda 3, The Finest Hours, and Jane Got a Gun. The film was projected to gross $10–11 million from 2,075 theaters in its opening weekend.[11] The film grossed $275,000 from its Thursday night previews, $2.3 million on its first day, and $5.9 million in its opening weekend, finishing 10th at the box office.[12] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 19, 2016.[13]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 7% based on 42 reviews; the average rating is 2.8/10. The site's consensus reads, "Wildly erratic even for a spoof movie, Fifty Shades of Black bears the unfortunate distinction of offering fewer laughs than the unintentionally-funny film it's trying to lampoon."[14] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 28 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[15] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.[12]

British film critic Mark Kermode gave the film a negative and short review, saying simply, "It's just not funny."[16]

Austin film critic Korey Coleman famously ended his review by starting an online petition to stop Marlon Wayans from making any more parody films.[17] He gave it the #1 spot for the worst movie of 2016, tying it with Yoga Hosers.[18]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Golden Trailer Awards Best Comedy "Spanked" Nominated [19]
Golden Fleece TV Spot "Shadiest" Won
"Book Club" Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel Fifty Shades of Black Nominated [20]
Worst Supporting Actress Jane Seymour Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK (15)". British Board of Film Classification. February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Scott Roxborough (June 16, 2015). "SquareOne Takes Marlon Wayans' 'Fifty Shades' Spoof for Germany". The Hollywood Reporter. (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fifty Shades of Black (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Martin, Annie (November 20, 2015). "Trailer released for Marlon Wayans parody 'Fifty Shades of Black'". UPI.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (August 11, 2015). "Kali Hawk, Mike Epps Join Marlon Wayans in ‘Fifty Shades of Black’ Spoof". Variety.
  6. ^ Dave McNary (2015-08-11). "Kali Hawk, Mike Epps Join Marlon Wayans in 'Fifty Shades of Black'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Jane Seymour: How Raunchy Is Florence Henderson In 'Fifty Shades Of Black'?". 
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike (2015-06-03). "Marlon Wayans '50 Shades Of Grey' Spoof Heads To Open Road". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  9. ^ Dave McNary (2015-06-03). "Marlon Wayans' 'Fifty Shades' Spoof Bought". Variety. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  10. ^ Kay, Jeremy (2015-08-11). "Production begins on 'Fifty Shades Of Black' | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  11. ^ "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Will Dig Box Office Out Of The Snow With $40M+ Opening – Preview". deadline.com. 
  12. ^ a b "'Kung Fu Panda 3' Kicking Up $13M Friday & $44M-$45M Opening Weekend". deadline.com. 
  13. ^ "Fifty Shades of Black DVD Release Date April 19, 2016". 
  14. ^ "Fifty Shades of Black (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Fifty Shades of Black reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Fifty Shades Of Black reviewed by Mark Kermode". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  17. ^ Coleman, Korey (January 29, 2016). "Fifty Shades of Black - Review". DoubleToasted.com. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  18. ^ Coleman, Korey (December 29, 2016). "Double Toasted's WORST of 2016". DoubleToasted.com. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  19. ^ "The 17th Annual Golden Trailer Award Nominees". GoldenTrailer.com. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Razzie Winners". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 

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