Marci X

2006-03-30 12:10

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 hospitalised.

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.

What the critics are saying:

"The fatal flaw of Marci X is its complete and total disconnection from the contemporary zeitgeist of hip-hop culture in American society. It still thinks white people don't get it."
- Tim Cogshell, Box Office Magazine

"For every black comic, a miscegenation tale brimming with electrifyin' mojo seems a frustratingly cruel rite of passage - see Chris Rock's Head of State, Queen Latifah's Bringing Down the House etc..."
- Jon Caramanica, The Village Voice

"The actors had little to work with in this passe social satire, but sharper performances might have saved Marci from total humorless ruin."
- Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune

A clumsy, crude and outdated comedy about a pampered rich girl who sets out to reform a hard-core rap artist. The only really funny part is watching Lisa Kudrow trying not to act like Phoebe from Friends.

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