Fifty Shades of Black | Chicago Reader

Fifty Shades of Black

E.L. James's ridiculous BDSM romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its blockbuster screen adaptation are ripe for parody, but this spoof by writer-star Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie, Dance Flick) is downright rotten. The filmmakers show an impressive attention to detail, meticulously re-creating the original film's costumes and sets, and Kali Hawk nails her Dakota Johnson impression as the virginal protagonist, but their efforts fail to compensate for a script crammed with amplified racial stereotypes and misogynistic swipes. The first time Wayans's perverted cad describes Hawk's character as "ugly," the irony is worth a chuckle, but when the male characters' descriptions of her ugliness become a running gag, augmented by a pile-on of rape jokes, the movie's mean-spiritedness becomes even more painful than the dippiness of the source material. Michael Tiddes directed; with Jane Seymour and Mike Epps.

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Director:

  • Michael Tiddes

Cast:

  • Marlon Wayans
  • Kali Hawk
  • Affion Crockett
  • Jane Seymour
  • Andrew Bachelor
  • Florence Henderson
  • Jenny Zigrino
  • Fred Willard
  • Mike Epps

Producers:

  • Marlon Wayans
  • Rick Alvarez
  • Stuart Ford
  • Matt Jackson
  • Glendon Palmer
  • Paddy Cullen
  • Steve Squillante

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