Plot: What’s it about?
After his stint in the armed forces had ended, Jack Spade (Keenan Ivory Wayans) returned to his old neighborhood, but things have changed and not for the better. The streets have become overcome with crime and such, which leaves Spade filled with a sense of anger and disillusionment. As if this isn’t enough, his brother Junebug has just died, after OG’ing on a mess of gold jewelry, even his teeth were gold just before the end. So Spade decides then and there to declare war on crime and in specific, the evil bossman, Mr. Big (John Vernon). But when he starts to look for help, he finds himself stuck, as few people have the will to give him a hand and clean up the streets. But he soon teams up with old school ass kicker John Slade (Bernie Casey), who proves he still has what it takes and along with some friends, the two take on Mr. Big and his cohorts. These tough streets and the criminals who dwell on them pose a real danger to our team, but these men are bound and determined to get those suckas.
As part of their new Soul Cinema line, MGM has released I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, which certainly holds a stake in the blaxploitation genre. You’ll find all the usual genre elements in full force here, but this is a hilarious send up of the genre, although one made with love. So yes, this movie pokes fun at the conventions of these films, but does so with a knowing wink, as if to tell us they love those movies just as much as we do. The cast includes Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, Damon Wayans, and of course, writer/director Keenan Ivory Wayans. Aside from the constant jokes and such, this movie mirrors the films it spoofs, which adds a lot of realism and credibility to this one. Wayans pens a wonderful screenplay here, which blends the usual genre elements into humorous situations, while never allowing for much time to recover. Of course, this movie will be much funnier if you’re a genre fan, but even newcomers will laugh a lot, just based on the performances and general humor involved. I do wish this disc was anamorphic and offered some supplements (like the disc for Wayans’ Scary Movie), but at a low price, this one is too good to pass on by, brothah.
This movie was made much later than the films it prods, but it still has a cast that seems right out of the blaxploitation era, whether in name or style. Some faces you’ll remember include Isaac Hayes (Truck Turner, Escape >From New York), Bernie Casey (Cleopatra Jones, Black Gunn), Antonio Fargas (Shaft, Foxy Brown), and Jim Brown (Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off, Three The Hard Way), all of whom made their mark on the genre back in the day. The presence of these guys and some others adds a lot to this movie, as the whole effort seems more credible and almost seems like it came from that time period. The main force here however, is writer/actor/director Keenan Ivory Wayans, who manages to hold it all together and deliver a downright hilarious film. Wayans handles all three positions with little flaws, even his acting seems dead on and very true to what the film tries to be. Wayans also wrote and directed A Low Down Dirty Shame and Scary Movie, both of which turned out well also. The rest of the cast here includes Damon Wayans (Blankman, Mo’ Money), Steve James (The Warriors, Vigilante), Ja’Net Dubois (A Piece Of The Action), and Kadeem Hardison (The Sixth Man, School Daze).
Video: How does it look?
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. This is a pretty good overall visual presentation, but some flaws emerge and in the end, this should have been anamorphic. The source print looks pretty clean, but still shows traces of grain and debris at times. This is still the cleanest and sharpest the film has looked though, so it is hard to argue with the results here. The colors have a natural shine to them, but take on brighter shades when they need, while flesh tones seem consistent. No problems with the contrast either, as black levels are dead on and detail is high, pretty impressive stuff. I wish this was anamorphic, but this is still a very competent transfer in the end.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included stereo surround track is a little limited at times, but in the end, it comes through in decent enough form. The action scenes could use a little boost at times, but it never lacks too much in terms of overall quality. I was pleased with the range on the whole, much more immersive than you’d expect from a stereo surround option. The music sounds very smooth and the sound effects come across well, no real complaints here. The dialogue is in fine form as well, no evidence of harshness or volume issues in the least. This disc also includes French & Spanish subtitles, as well as English captions.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.