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Marci X

MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual content
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Primary Audience:
Comedy Music
1 hr. 24 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
August 22, 2003
Copyright, Paramount Pictures
Copyright, Paramount Pictures
Copyright, Paramount Pictures
Copyright, Paramount Pictures
Copyright, Paramount Pictures
Copyright, Paramount Pictures

Starring: Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans, Richard Benjamin, Jane Krakowski, Christine Baranski | Directed by: Richard Benjamin | Produced by: Scott Rudin, Gabriel Grunfeld, Keri Selig, Edgar J. Scherick | Written by: Paul Rudnick | Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: A Jewish-American Princess is forced to take control of a hard-core hip-hop record label and tries to rein the one of the label's most controversial rappers.

When renegade hip-hop artist Dr. S (Damon Wayans) releases a controversial CD, a national protest and a congressional investigation breaks out. Smeared by the press, the owner of the rapper’s record label, Manhattan media magnate Ben Feld (Richard Benjamin), is so stressed out he has to be hospitalized.

But Ben’s pampered daughter Marci (Lisa Kudrow), who has never set foot in the business world, shows some surprising spunk and a true talent for more than shopping and hosting charity fundraisers. Determined to salvage her father’s reputation, Marci stands up to Dr. S and tries to town down his bad-boy edge as she fends off the hostile media and the ultraconservative Senator Spinkle (Christine Baranski), who are determined to humble Dr. S and ruin Marci’s father in the process.

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Movie Critics
…stinks to high heaven… The humor trades in tired stereotypes of black men and Jewish women that are too played out to be offensive, much less funny.
—Ken Fox, TV Guide
…an awful movie. Not a single shred of intelligence in it… Seriously, “Marci X” isn’t something an actor would want to put on their resume…
—Kit Bowen,
…filled with distasteful elements, and the acting, story and production are sorry…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…dreadful musical numbers! “The Power in My Pants” starts things out on the wrong note right away. Then it’s full-speed downhill from there. A song about celibacy is turned into one about homosexuality …“Marci X”’s lack of humor emerges as the most glaring of all its faults…
—Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk
…A film whose political correctness always favors the crudest person in the room… Characters’ attitudes and behavior shift so much from one scene to the next they’re untrackable… An ’N Sync-like quartet named Boyz R Us sings about the virtues of virginity outside marriage. After three minutes with Dr. S, the boys bound from their closets and do an assertive pro-gay number…
—Ed Blank, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
…Clumsily directed by Richard Benjamin and broadly acted by Lisa Kudrow and company… all the performances are overdone…
—Philip Wuntch, The Dallas Morning News
…lame satire… comic misfire…
—Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
…Profanity: Extremely strong language… Nudity/Sex: Sexual situations, extremely explicit sexual references… Marijuana, alcohol… The material here is so slight that it is not enough to sustain an entire movie, and the absence of any comic energy whatsoever in Richard Benjamin’s direction makes it seem endless…