“We got a nice ghetto continental breakfast here, Baby,” says Private Eye Dick Shaft (Nat Turnher) when Jessica Bangkok brings him cinnamon tarts, watermelon, and grape soda. Too sweet for me, but it is when Shaft samples Bangkok that I felt the racial divide between us evaporating
While it is difficult to understand much of the dialogue in Tony Flush’s “Official Shaft Parody” because of the murky sound and mumbled delivery, we do know that Nat Turnher’s private eye and his circle of friends and nemeses like the juicy ladies. And this comes through loud and clear.
Flush and company do their best to re-create a blaxploitation style with Turnher’s ‘fro and ‘stache, as well as the blonde afro of Naomi Banxxx as Lady Marmalade, but it seems like Flush ran out of gas when attempting to direct his script, which includes a lot of funny lines that get buried under poor editing and lackluster delivery.
Dick Shaft is tasked with rescuing the sister of his enemy, Cochise (Wesley Pipes) against a ticking clock of losing his private eye license at the hands of a corrupt cracker cop. DSnoop’s DJ Radio Rahim (wasn’t he in “Do the Right Thing”?) acts as a Greek chorus throughout the movie (whereas, in “Do the Right Thing,” the DJ character and Radio Rahim were separate guys).
It is this pervasive lack of attention to detail (don’t show clocks in your movie unless you plan to reset them for the view outside your window, or if the second hand is clearly not moving) that takes people out of the movie.
But there’s plenty to get you back into the movie, too. Naomi Banxx is always fun to watch, as is the phat Jessica Bangkok and a steamy tryst between Bella Moretti and Porsha Carrera. A bespectacled woman named Jayden finishes off DSnoop, whose Snoop-like delivery is the funniest in the movie, and there is, as in all of Flush’s movies, a good humor about the whole piece that makes it easy to forgive a lot of the flaws; his movies are never mean-spirited.
So you won’t see much in this parody that reminds you of the original (there wasn’t even an attempt at an Isaac Hayes-esque theme song), but it was great fun to watch these ladies when the stirrup pants came off.
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