3 1/2 Stars
We meet Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) on the day his long-time girlfriend Keisha (Essence Atkins) is moving into his home. He has just purchased a video camera from the local Best Buy and plans to document the couples’ life together. After a few uneventful nights, a series of unexplainable noises are heard and physical items are suddenly moved about. All of the usual stops are hit along the way, but Wayans and his co writer Rick Alvarez (working with excellent supporting comedic talent) turn the typical on its ear. There is the home video surveillance guy, who keeps begging Malcolm to let him utter a racial slur. A psychic is called in to investigate the supernatural and as played by Nick Swardson, is more interested in Malcolm’s heterosexuality than spirits.
There are plenty of genuine laughs throughout the scant 87 minute running-time, unlike most comedies the film doesn’t run out of steam in the first twenty minutes. This is a consistently funny movie, that had me laughing out loud numerous times. The rare comedy I wanted to watch again, immediately. As with any spoof, a working knowledge of the source material is always a plus.
Director: Michael Tiddes
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins. Nick Swardson