Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Anderson, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Ryan O'Neal | Directed by: John Whitesell | Produced by: Fax Bahr, Mike Karz, Adam Small | Written by: Nick Swardson, Fax Bahr, Adam Small, Jamie Kennedy | Distributor: Warner Bros.
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: This is the story of Brad Gluckman (Kennedy), a wannabe rap star from Malibu who acts and talks like he’s from the “’hood.” Concerned that his son is going to embarrass him during his campaign to become the governor of California, Brad’s wealthy father (O'Neal), and his campaign manager (Underwood), hire two Juilliard-trained actors (Diggs and Anderson) to disguise themselves as “real life gangstaz,” and kidnap his son, dropping him off in the “real hood” in Compton, in an effort to scare the ghettofied attitude and behavior out of him.
This was probably the worst movie I have ever seen, not only because of the raunchy content, but because of the poorly developed characters, unbelievable plot, and lack of real laughs. There is a certain amount of vulgarity I will tolerate in search of a truly clever, enlightening, or hilarous movie.
However, no amount of amusement could compensate for the horror of leaving the movie and saying to yourself, “That was awful, I can’t believe I sat through the whole thing.” After a brief introduction of the main characters, the movie begins with a few scenes that are supposed to establish “B-Rad” (the main character, and son of a man campaigning for Governor of California) as a likable kid who was born into the wrong kind of people. Instead, He comes off as a phony, self absorbed, naive and all around unlikable idiot.
I would elaborate more on the plot, but the overall vibe is basically summed up in what I just said. “Malibu’s Most Wanted” glorifies sex, violence, and the amount of profanity is overwhelming. I regret not leaving the movie when it first started, but instead I kept waiting for it to get funny. Much to my disappointment it did not.
This was a sad glimpse into the meaningless and Christ-less life that many people live, a glimpse that left me asking God’s forgivness for filling my brain with the filth that I saw. I would recommend this movie to no one, whether they be Christian, or not.
—Elizabeth Mangas, age 18