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pranjalv123 authored Oct 31, 2011
1 i know there were times during this movie that i laughed pretty hard .
2 the problem is , i can't remember them as i write this review .
3 that's not a good sign .
4 in booty call , jamie foxx is bunz , a character whom i can't really describe , because i don't know that much about him .
5 i only know that he likes to shoot dice on the sidewalk , and that he doesn't like relationships , just " booty calls " at three in the morning ( no questions , no commitment ) .
6 bunz has a best friend named rushon ( tommy davidson ) , who seems to be bunz's direct opposite : on the straight and narrow , and currently in a long-term commitment ( a whole seven weeks , wow ! ) .
7 rushon wants to finally sleep with his girlfriend , nikki ( tamala jones ) , but for a reason which is not totally explained , it's going to happen after a double date with bunz and nikki's friend lysterine ( vivica a . fox ) , who have never met .
8 to make a long story short , the two couples pair off and spend the rest of the evening having their attempts to do the deed spoiled by nikki's obsession with safe sex .
9 first she wants condoms , so bunz and rushon go out and get them .
10 oh , no , they have to be latex , not lambskin .
11 back to the store .
12 now they've got to get dental dams , or there'll be no foreplay .
13 why are both couples stopped each time nikki makes a demand ?
14 nikki phones lysterine , who lives across the hall , and tells her she'd better be making these demands , too .
15 talk about coitus interruptus .
16 booty call is a film that does not know whether it wants to be a regular comedy or one of those over-the-top comedies .
17 the difference between the two is that in the latter , things constantly happen which are so far removed from reality .
18 in this category , for example , you have ace ventura : private eye on the mild side , and airplane !
19 at the extreme .
20 there are times during booty call where the film steps out of its shell and tries for this status , but then too often quickly retreats to the safety of convention .
21 it is disappointing , and even worse , distracting .
22 there are also instances where the screenplay by takashi bufford and bootsie parker ( are those real names ? )
23 does not live up to its potential , as jokes are left unexploited or even ruined by bad writing .
24 for instance , there is a scene where our main characters are in a chinese restaurant .
25 bunz goes up to an asian gangster and speaks to him in fluent cantonese , much to everyone's surprise .
26 however , when asked how he learned the language , he goes into this explanation of how he started picking up words from late-night kung-fu films , and soon gained mastery .
27 this negated the ludicrousness of the entire scene .
28 if , on the other hand , when asked how he learned to speak chinese , bunz simply replied with , " kung-fu movies , " and then moved on , the joke would have been much more effective .
29 this is because it would have been totally unbelievable , but funny because we know it is unbelievable .
30 by explaining the point and trying to make the ridiculous plausible , the film is not giving its viewers enough credit .
31 the inconsistency and uncertain believability unfortunately also raise other questions .
32 why are two such disparate people like bunz and rushon best friends ?
33 why do rushon and nikki fix up bunz and lysterine ?
34 if nikki is so obsessed with safe sex , why doesn't she have some condoms at her own apartment ?
35 these questions are not answered by the screenplay , but are overlooked for the sole reason of moving the plot forward .
36 a very noticeable quality of booty call is the prevalence of unnecessary foul language .
37 some movies use a lot of swear words , but use them under very justifiable circumstances , as when they are employed consistent with a character's pattern of speech .
38 other films , such as the recent jackie brown , use them in ways that almost parody themselves .
39 booty call just sticks them in to get laughs , and it doesn't work .
40 they stick out like sore thumbs because there is almost no reason to use them .
41 half of the scenes seem to occur for no reason .
42 the chinese restaurant , a holdup at a convenience store , and a trip to the hospital seem to have nothing to do with the story , and are in there for filler .
43 this is surprising , considering that the film is less than eighty minutes long .
44 it's too bad that the core of the film isn't much better , since it is comprised of sometimes funny , but forgettable dialog .
45 i refer you to the first paragraph of this review .
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