|Universal Pictures | Release Date: May 31, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Hilarious, affectionate spoof.
It's a goofball of a movie and a throwaway, but it's also completely free of self-import and the slightest hint of sentiment -- a perfect light entertainment that's guaranteed to launch itself as a franchise.
Not only is Undercover Brother the funniest spy-thriller since "The Nude Bomb" (oh, behave), it feels like the proper sequel to "The Blues Brothers," crossing all kinds of lines between cartoonish buffoonery and genuine compassion for its characters.
It has a premise that never stops percolating.
Satires like this tend to throw a lot of stuff at the wall, and in Undercover Brother, a surprising amount sticks.
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