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|Directed by||Keenen Ivory Wayans|
|Music by||Teddy Castellucci|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$113.1 million|
White Chicks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. It stars Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans as a pair of FBI agents donning whiteface to go undercover as white women in order to solve a kidnapping plot.
White Chicks was theatrically released in the United States on June 23, 2004. The film was met with a mixed reception on Metacritic and was nominated for five Razzies. It grossed over $113 million worldwide and became one of the highest grossing comedy films of 2004.
FBI agent Copeland brothers, Kevin and Marcus, try to bust a drug dealer selling their product disguised as ice cream, but they botch it when a genuine ice cream salesman shows up first. The two agents are offered a reprieve if they chauffeur the Wilson sisters, Brittany and Tiffany, a pair of rich but shallow socialite daughters of Wilson Cruiseliners CEO Andrew Wilson, safely to a weekend-long fashion event in The Hamptons, in order to avoid them becoming the next victims in a string of high-profile kidnappings.
However, the Wilson sisters get minor facial cuts in a car accident and refuse to be seen in public in their conditions. Fearing for their jobs, Kevin scares them into staying in a hotel, while he and Marcus disguise themselves as the sisters and attend the event.
Kevin and Marcus, now disguised as Brittany and Tiffany, associate themselves with the sisters' three best friends, Karen Googlestein, Tori Willson, and Lisa Anderson, and encounter their rivals - the Vandergeld sisters, Megan and Heather. Unbeknownst to Kevin and Marcus, the sisters are being monitored by their colleagues, Vincent Gomez and Jacob Harper, and their boss, Chief Elliott Gordon, who are undercover posing as hotel staff. It is there that pro-basketball player, Latrell Spencer, takes a shine to Marcus, whilst Kevin takes a shine to New York One News reporter, Denise Porter.
At one of the Vandergeld's annual charity auction dinner later that night, Latrell wins a date with Marcus, while Kevin pretends to be Latrell in order to attract Denise, after hearing that she likes rich men. Whilst the real Latrell takes Marcus to the La Bella restaurant, Kevin uses his car to drive Denise to his house, where begins to solicit information about Ted Burton turning the tables on Warren. With Kevin becoming romantically involved with Denise and Marcus trying to reject Latrell to no avail, their combined antics put them under the suspicion of Gomez and Harper.
At a nightclub, after competing in a dance-off against the Vandergeld sisters where they win, a drunken Karen slips to Marcus and Kevin that Warren Vandergeld is really penniless, and has been taking loans from her father, which makes the duo arrive at the conclusion Warren is the mastermind behind the kidnappings.
However, before being able to investigate this, the real Brittany and Tiffany find out they are being impersonated back at the hotel and travel to the Hamptons to expose their "clones," while Gina, Marcus' wife, also arrives along with her friend, Shaunice, after assuming Marcus is cheating on her. Gomez and Harper, who also conclude the sisters are being impersonated by two men, aim to expose them, only to inappropriately strip down the real Brittany and Tiffany in front of Gordon. They are subsequently suspended, while Gordon fires Kevin and Marcus after he discovers the truth.
Later, Kevin and Marcus discover Warren had funneled large sums of money through his modest charity, and attempt to notify Gordon, but Marcus stops Kevin, convincing him that they should personally intervene to redeem themselves. Soon after, they contact Gomez and Harper to help resolve the case. At the event's final fashion show, Kevin and Marcus are chosen to headline it, much to the anger of Heather and Megan who were kicked off the catwalk because of that. But the real Brittany and Tiffany also perform in the event. Karen rejects Heath who callously snubbed her which Marcus punches him in the face. During the show, the Vandergeld sisters try to sabotage their rivals, but end up being humiliated by Karen, Tori and Lisa who discovered them on the catwalk.
After the real Brittany and Tiffany expose Kevin and Marcus as imposters thus causing mass confusion between the quartet and the audience, Warren uses the opportunity to begin the kidnapping. However, he incorrectly captures Brittany and Marcus, who then begins a brawl between Heath and Russ, a pair of friends hired by Warren to involve themselves with the girls and aid in the kidnappings. Warren soon captures the real sisters and reveals his hemorrhaging to his wife, Elaine, and daughters (who are dismayed to find out they're broke) until Denise and her cameraman records his confession. In the ensuing fight, Kevin is nearly shot trying to protect Denise, and Latrell is shot trying to protect Marcus. However, Kevin shoots Warren in his shoulder.
The duo successfully capture Warren, whilst Gomez and Harper apprehend Heath and Russ. Afterward, their true identities are revealed to all, much to the dismay of Latrell that Marcus isn't actually "white" (though he doesn't seem to mind that Marcus is male). Gordon reinstates the Copeland Brothers, Gomez, and Harper. Marcus makes up with Gina, while Kevin and Denise begin a relationship, and Latrell wins over the real Brittany and Tiffany. Tori, Lisa, and Karen admit they liked Tiffany and Brittany more when they were Marcus and Kevin. The five agree to remain friends and go shopping.
- Shawn Wayans as Kevin Copeland / Brittany Wilson
- Marlon Wayans as Marcus Anthony Copeland II / Tiffany Wilson
- Jaime King as Heather Vandergeld
- Busy Philipps as Karen Googlestein
- Jennifer Carpenter as Lisa Anderson
- Jessica Cauffiel as Tori Willson
- John Heard as Warren Vandergeld
- Brittany Daniel as Megan Vandergeld
- Terry Crews as Latrell Spencer
- Frankie Faison as Section Chief Elliott Gordon
- Lochlyn Munro as Special FBI Agent Jacob Harper
- Eddie Velez as Special FBI Agent Vincent Gomez
- Rochelle Aytes as Denise Porter
- Maitland Ward as Brittany Wilson
- Anne Dudek as Tiffany Wilson
- Faune A. Chambers as Gina Copeland
- John Reardon as Heath
- Steven Grayhm as Russ
- Casey Lee as Tony
- Drew Sidora as Shaunice
- David Lewis as Josh
- Heather McDonald as Saleswoman
- Brad Loree as Dealer Henchman
- Evangeline Lilly as Party Guest (uncredited)
- "Latin Thugs" – Cypress Hill
- "Hey 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 featuring 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
- "Girls Just Want to Have Fun' – Cyndi Lauper
The film grossed $19.7 million in its opening weekend, taking the #2 spot. It finished with $70.8 million at the box office in the United States, and $42 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $113.1 million, against a budget of $37 million. The film was released in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2004, and opened at #2, behind Shark Tale.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 15% based on 123 reviews and an average rating of 3.72/10, with the site's consensus stating that the film is a "scattershot comedy that's silly and obvious." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 41 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
In his negative review, Dave Kehr of New York Times stated that "Most movies require some suspension of disbelief. But White Chicks... requires something more radical than that. A full frontal lobotomy might be a good place to start." 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. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 1 and 1⁄2 stars out of four and said "Here is a film so dreary and conventional that it took an act of the will to keep me in the theater." Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly said "A tawdry excuse for a movie, but it has a handful of shameless giggles", and rated the film "C+".
David Rooney of Variety gave a positive review, and stated that the film "scores more hits than misses." USA Today's Mike Clark rated it 3/4, and said "As with every other genre, there's a right way and a wrong way to handle dude-lawman comedies. Chicks does it right a lot of the time."
White Chicks was nominated for five Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress for the Wayans brothers in drag, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Couple. It lost in all categories. At the 2004 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, the film received nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Keenan Ivory Wayans), Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy, Worst On-Screen Couple (Shawn and Marlon Wayans), and Least "Special" Special Effects. Its only win was for Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy.
In August 2009, a sequel to the film was announced by Sony, though they later cancelled the project. In April 2014, Marlon Wayans expressed interest in a sequel. A sequel was confirmed to be in the works in March 2018. On June 30, 2019, Terry Crews confirmed a sequel on the program Watch What Happens Live. Marlon Wayans confirmed that this information was not meant to leak, and that the deal had not yet been confirmed.
- Cross-dressing in film and television
- Some Like It Hot, a comedy film of 1959 starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. It tells a similar story, in which two male musicians dress as women to hide from gangsters in Florida.
- Nuns on the Run, a comedy film of 1990 starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane as criminals posing as nuns to hide from a rival gang.
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