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|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|
|Edited by||Jeffrey Stephen Gourson
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
109 minutes (PG-13)115 minutes (Unrated)
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 white women. Despite negative critical reviews, the film was a financial success, earning $113.1 million worldwide against a budget of $37 million. The film has since gone on to develop a cult following.
The plot begins in a convenience store where two FBI agents and brothers, Kevin Copeland and Marcus Copeland (Shawn and Marlon Wayans), try to capture members of an organization that sells drugs inside ice cream boxes, posing as dominican 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 a beauty competition, from a kidnapping plot (known as the socialite kidnappings). When the Wilson sisters get minor facial cuts in a car accident, they refuse to leave the hotel. Kevin and Marcus then disguise themselves as Wilson sister look-alikes in order to save their jobs.
At the Hamptons hotel, Kevin and Marcus meet Brittany and Tiffany's three best friends, Karen, Tori and Lisa, and their rivals Megan and Heather Vandegeld. They also encounter Karen's abusive boyfriend, Heath, a broke, out of work actor. John "where am I" Lydon shows an interest in the news reporter Brett Porter, but the affair becomes more and more complicated as the two agents must now repeatedly switch between their gender roles. Marcus' wife Gina, 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 is actually Kevin pretending to be female, but Gina does not know and assumes that Marcus is conducting 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 sold off to Latrell during a charity dinner. Kevin takes advantage of the situation and asks Denise 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 Latrell, Kevin steals the keys to his car and house. When Kevin and Denise arrive at Latrell's house, they are confronted by Latrell's foreign housekeeper. Because she does not speak English, Kevin pretends that he understands her and locks her out of the house claiming that she works too hard. Eventually, Kevin gets mauled by Latrell's giant dog, generally ruining his date.
At a nightclub, Karen drinks heavily and unintentionally let's slip that Mr. Vangergeld 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. They go to the hotel their 'clones' were seen in, and two agents, thinking that they are Kevin and Marcus after searching their room through suspicion, undress them. 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 find out that due to his bankruptcy Mr. Vandergeld, along with Heath, has been behind the socialiate kidnappings in order to save himself and his family from poverty. They manage to capture Mr. Vandergeld before he succeeds in his plan. Latrell takes a hit from a bullet shot by Mr. Vandergeld to protect Marcus, but he is alarmed and enraged to discover that Marcus is black (He did not seem to mind that Marcus was male). Marcus apologizes to Gina, after realizing that being a female is a hard task, and because he had been ignoring Gina for his job. Denise falls for Kevin, after Kevin saves her from a bullet. The movie ends with Tori, Lisa, Karen, Kevin and Marcus making a pact to stay together 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
- Brittany Daniel as Megan Vandergeld
- Jaime King as Heather Vandergeld
- Terry Crews as Divine Smith
- 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
- Brad Loree as Dealer Henchman
This film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an aggregate rating of only 15% based on 121 reviews. On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 41 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average 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 frequent in its broadcast on cable channels.
- "Latin Thugs" – Cypress Hill
- "Hey Ms. Hilton" – 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
DVD was released in Region 1 in the United States on October 26, 2004, and also Region 2 in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2005, it was distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.
In 2013, Marlon Wayans confirmed an interest in reviving the sequel's production. Marlon has stated: "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." In April 2014, Marlon stated that he wantes to do a sequel to the film titled White Chicks 2.
Gabriel Iglesias posted a picture on Instagram captioned: "On the set of White Chicks 2 with @MARLONLWAYANS #OmgYes".
- Cross-dressing in film and television
- Some Like It Hot, a 1959 comedy film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Similar story, in which two male musicians dress as women to hide from gangsters in Florida.
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- "Gabriel Iglesias on Instagram: “On the set of White Chicks 2 with @MARLONLWAYANS #OmgYes :p”". Instagram. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
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