Director(s): John Myrick Writer(s): Jean-Claude La Marre (Nora’s Hair Salon, County General) Starring: Glenn Plummer, Jean-Claude La Marre Urban comedies were really hot for a brief period of time between 2002 and early-2003. I point that out because the original Go For Broke did over one million dollars in video sales when it was released […]
Director(s): John Myrick
Writer(s): Jean-Claude La Marre (Nora’s Hair Salon, County General)
Starring: Glenn Plummer, Jean-Claude La Marre
Urban comedies were really hot for a brief period of time between 2002 and early-2003.
I point that out because the original Go For Broke did over one million dollars in video sales when it was released by Artisan in January of 2003. Similar titles, such as Brian Hooks’ Chat Room, did similarly excellent numbers.
Despite the market having slowed down a bit since, Jean-Claude La Marre still decided to make a sequel. Go For Broke 2, which was only written by La Marre, shows that an idea as generic as the one behind Go For Broke really shouldn’t be multiplied.
Yet another interracial friendship gets caught up in the crazy world of cross-dressing and crime as gigantic losers Darnell and John get talked into going out on a date with a rich Texan and a goofy African by wacko lawyer Mouse (La Marre). The plan is for them to steal a diamond worth twenty million dollars, which the African is holding, after showing the two a good time. While Darnell is reluctant to be transformed into Juanita, the two agree after realizing that there’s nowhere their life can go but up. After they’re made-up by an eccentric gay (are there any other in urban films?), they go on a hilarity-lacking date with the two men, as most of the same jokes are just repeated over and over again.
The other side of the film is an odd one. The end of Go For Broke saw Glenn Plummer’s Ramses character being arrested for impersonating a federal employee. Now apparently out of jail, Ramses has found peace and harmony in living a crime-free life. As you’d imagine, he wants no part of Mouse’s plan. But after being fired for allowing two impersonators into his prison system, the thirtysomething C.O. Fader has regressed back into the mentality he had during his army days. Not something like Desert Storm, mind you, but instead Vietnam. He kidnaps Ramses, leading to a whole lot of sequences of the two smoking blunts together. It has nothing to do with the A-plot, and only serves to waste time, but Glenn Plummer can never suck.
Jared Day, who plays Darnell in the movie, brings the movie down a full point or two all by himself. I thought he was great in County General, but here his performance suffers from Day trying to speak ‘hood.’ I’m placing some of the blame on director Myrick, who should have told Jared on the first day of shooting that something needed to be changed. His manner of speaking isn’t even over-the-top annoying. It’s just bad.