White Chicks

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White Chicks
White chicks.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Xavier Cook
  • Andy McElfresh
  • Michael Anthony Snowden
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Shawn Wayans
Story by
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Shawn Wayans
Starring
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing[2]
Release date
  • June 23, 2004 (2004-06-23)
Running time
109 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $37 million[4]
Box office $113.1 million[4]

White Chicks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, who wrote and produced alongside his brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Distributed by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures, Shawn and Marlon Wayans portray two African American male FBI agents who disguise themselves as two white women. The film was released in the United States on June 23, 2004. It has a 15% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and grossed $113.1 million worldwide against a budget of $37 million.

Plot[edit]

The plot begins in a convenience store where two FBI agents and brothers, Kevin and Marcus Copeland (Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans), try to capture members of an organization that sells drugs inside ice cream boxes, posing as Cuban clerks. Unfortunately, the first arrival turns out to be a genuine ice cream delivery, and the actual drug dealers manage to get away. The situation is worsened by the fact that Kevin and Marcus have decided to resolve this bust by themselves.

The FBI supervisor, Elliott Gordon (Frankie Faison), gives the two agents a last chance to remain in the FBI by giving them the duty of protecting the mega-rich billionaire cruise line heiresses Brittany and Tiffany Wilson (Maitland Ward and Anne Dudek), who are arriving in town for Labour Day Weekend in the Hamptons, from a kidnapping plot (known as the socialite kidnappings). When the Wilson sisters get minor facial cuts in a car accident, Kevin convinces them to stay in the hotel all weekend. Kevin and Marcus then disguise themselves as the Wilson sisters in order to save their jobs.

At the Hamptons hotel, Kevin and Marcus (as Brittany and Tiffany) meet Brittany and Tiffany's three best friends, Karen (Busy Philipps), Tori (Jessica Cauffiel), and Lisa (Jennifer Carpenter), and their rivals the Vandergeld sisters, Megan (Brittany Daniel) and Heather (Jaime King). They also encounter Karen's love interest, Heath, a broke and jobless actor who happens to be Heather's boyfriend. Kevin shows an interest in the news reporter Denise Porter (Rochelle Aytes) from New York 1 and makes an attempt to woo her, forgetting that he is still in disguise as a woman. Marcus' wife Gina (Faune Chambers), whose relationship is already troubled, becomes an additional complicating factor as she gets suspicious when she hears a woman's voice in the background during a phone conversation with Marcus. The woman (a sales representative) is actually just trying to help Marcus get dressed, but Gina does not know that and assumes that Marcus is having an affair. Meanwhile, Latrell Spencer (Terry Crews) takes an interest in Marcus, thinking that he is Tiffany and white. A date with Marcus/Tiffany is then auctioned off to Latrell during a charity dinner, much to Marcus's fear and Heather's jealousy. At the same time, Kevin learns of Denise's desire to be wooed by a wealthy man as opposed to the men she usually sees, and uses Latrell/Marcus's date to steal Latrell's Aston Martin DB7 and house keys to take Denise on a date while pretending to be Latrell. When Kevin and Denise arrive at Latrell's house, Kevin gets mauled by Latrell's giant dog (A Rottweiler) until he manages to trap the dog. As Kevin and Denise get close, he manages to gain some information relevant to the case of Ted Burton (the suspect they're after). Meanwhile, Marcus makes many attempts to repulse Latrell on their date while brushing off his many advances such as eating uncontrollably, chewing off a hangnail on his toe and farting.

At a nightclub, Latrell attempts to drug Marcus in hopes of having sex only to be tricked into taking it himself and ends up in bed with Heath's friend, Russ (Steven Grayhm). Marcus and Kevin beat Heather and Megan in a dance-off hoping to help Karen win Heath only to have Heather drag him off. Karen is seen vomiting in the bathroom, drunk and unintentionally slips to Marcus and Kevin that Warren Vangergeld (John Heard) is penniless, and has only recently paid Karen's own father back for loans he has lent him. The next day, the real Brittany and Tiffany see their faces on a magazine, and they realize that two people are impersonating them. Gina and her friend, Shaunice (Drew Sidora), sees Kevin as Brittany while visiting Marcus and believes that Marcus is "cheating" on her and leaves him in disbelief and hurt. The Wilson sisters go to the hotel their clones were seen at where agents Gomez and Harper (thinking that they are Kevin and Marcus after searching their room through suspicion and finding panties and female masks) undress them only to find out that they're the real Wilson sisters and lose their jobs. This leads to the chief finding out that Marcus and Kevin have been impersonating Brittany and Tiffany. Because of this, the chief fires the both of them. Later on, Kevin and Marcus then realize that Mr. Vandergeld has been behind the kidnappings, using the ransom money to keep his family in their luxurious lifestyle. Their attempts to notify their chief fall on deaf ears and so they pursue the case themselves.

At the fashion show, Kevin and Marcus replace the Vandergeld sisters on the catwalk which angers them and attempt to humiliate the Wilson sisters. Marcus stands up for Karen after she tells Heath she's tired of waiting for him and he callously brushes her off. After the Vandergeld sisters are foiled by the trio and humiliated off the catwalk, Marcus and Kevin are exposed by the real Wilson sisters, at which point Warren Vandergeld attempts to kidnap the Wilson sisters. He temporarily manages to capture one of the real twins and Kevin, only to have his criminal activities and bankruptcy exposed. In the ensuing fight, Kevin is shot trying to protect Denise, and Latrell is shot trying to protect Marcus. The duo successfully capture Vandergeld along with Heath and Russ (with the help of Gomez and Harper) before his plan succeeded which gets them their jobs back. While thanking Latrell, Marcus reveals that he is actually a black man. While Latrell is upset that Marcus is a man, his primary anger stems from the fact that Marcus is black, not that he is a man. Marcus apologizes to Gina for constantly putting work before love, and the two make up, much to Shaunice's chagrin. Denise falls for Kevin after he saves her from a bullet shot by Vandergeld when she caught his secret on film. The movie ends with Tori, Lisa, and Karen becoming friends with Kevin and Marcus for real by making a pact to stay together and go shopping.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Portions of the filming occurred in Chilliwack, British Columbia, including the exterior scenes of the Hamptons.[5]

Release[edit]

White Chicks was released in the US on June 23, 2004, and grossed $19.7 million in its opening weekend, taking the #2 spot. The film grossed $70.8 million at the US box office and $42 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $113 million.[4] Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment released the DVD in the United States on October 26, 2004.[6]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $113.1 million worldwide against a budget of $37 million.

Critical response[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gives it an aggregate rating of 15% based on 123 reviews and an average rating of 3.7/10. The site's consensus reads that the film is a "scattershot comedy that's silly and obvious".[7] On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 41 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[9] 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 get any of those awards.[10]

Sequel[edit]

In 2009, a sequel to the film was announced by Sony.[11] Sony later announced that they had cancelled the film before they could begin filming.[12] In April 2014, Marlon expressed interest in a sequel.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chito Childs, Erica (June 16, 2009). Fade to Black and White: Interracial Images in Popular Culture. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 193. ISBN 0742565416. 
  2. ^ a b "White Chicks". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  3. ^ "White Chicks (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "White Chicks (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  5. ^ "White Chicks". Tribute. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  6. ^ Rizzo, Francis III (2004-10-24). "White Chicks - Unrated and Uncut". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  7. ^ "White Chicks (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  8. ^ "White Chicks". Metacritic. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. 
  10. ^ "2004 RAZZIE Nominees & "Winners"". Razzies.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  11. ^ "'White Chicks 2' Is On The Way". Screenrant.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  12. ^ ""White Chicks 2" is canceled by Sony Pictures". DVD World Report. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  13. ^ Witherspoon, Chris (2014-04-10). "Marlon Wayans talks 'White Chicks 2,' defends Nick Cannon in whiteface controversy". theGrio. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 

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