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With: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Ja'net Dubois, Isaac Hayes, Jim Brown, Antonio Fargas, Steve James, John Vernon, Dawnn Lewis, Kadeem Hardison, Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Chris Rock, Anne-Marie Johnson, Eve Plumb, Tony Cox, Clarence Williams III, David Alan Grier, Robin Harris, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Gary Owens
Written by: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 88
Date: 12/14/1988

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

3 Stars (out of 4)

One Rib

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Keenen Ivory Wayans' blaxploitation spoof I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988) came at a weird time: most young viewers had never seen or even heard of blaxploitation movies and it was about six years before Quentin Tarantino would bring them back. Wayans' film wanders back and forth between deadpan Airplane-style humor and overt slapstick. Wayans plays a soldier who returns home to avenge his brother's death by going after the gangsters who supplied him with too many gold chains. I remember this film being hysterical at the time, but it hasn't aged well. Wayans' doesn't have much in the way of visual style or rhythmic timing, and his performance in the lead role is the weakest in the film. It does benefit from appearances by the aforementioned Fargas, a young Chris Rock, Isaac Hayes, Jim Brown and KRS-One with his group Boogie Down Productions.

In 2016, Kino Lorber released a Blu-ray edition, and while the image and sound quality may not be perfect, given that I first saw it on VHS, it looks pretty darn good. It includes a short making-of featurette, very short interviews, some B-roll, trailers, and optional subtitles.

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