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The beauty of Malcolm D. Lee's smart, sharp comedy lies in its dexterity, as it raises one fist in a friendly Black Power salute and firmly gooses the whole audience with the other. Based on the animated Internet series (at UrbanEntertainment.com), the script explores a soulful, secret solidarity known as the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. (Chi McBride, David Chappelle, Gary Anthony Williams, Neil Patrick Harris) that taps the freelance, Afro-'n'-polyester caricature Undercover Brother (Eddie Griffin) to infiltrate the tyrannical organization run by The Man. The hero dons his Oreo alter ego, Anton Jackson, while henchwoman Penelope "White She-Devil" Snow (Denise Richards, hot) plies him with honky mayonnaise and her own special condiments, squaring off against agent Sistah Girl (Aunjanue Ellis, hotter). It's a shame that zany comedies don't tend to win awards, because producer Brian Grazer (with producers Damon Lee and Michael Jenkinson) has delivered a more gratifying film than his fat Oscar-hog last year, and the mind under this Brother's Afro is truly a beautiful one.
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