Reviews, Vault Reviews — June 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

VAULT REVIEW: BOOTY CALL

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bootycall-posterTuesday it was all about Sandra Bullock in anticipation of The Heat, and along those same lines today’s review is all about Jamie Foxx to hype his new release, White House Down. The second let’s-blow-up-America’s-capitol movie of 2013 is from end-of-days enthusiast Roland Emmerich. The last time Emmerich destroyed the White House was over fifteen years ago, right about the time Jamie Foxx was making the transition from television star to bankable leading man. Booty Call hearkens back to his humble beginnings.

After dating for seven weeks, Rushon (Tommy Davidson) and Nikki (Tamala Jones) have both got a sexual itch that’s in serious need of scratching. Rushon’s ready to take the plunge, but Nikki doesn’t want to be thought of as a ho. To curb their mutual enthusiasm, they’ve invited their best buds on a blind double date. Rushon’s boy, Bunz (Jamie Foxx), is a straight-up playa down for booty calls only, no relationships. Nikki’s girl, Lysty a.k.a Lysterine (Vivica A. Fox), is a woman with champagne tastes who knows what she wants and doesn’t mess around to get it. When Bunz and Lysty surprisingly hit it off, all lights are green for intimacy between both couples, but when the boys come up short on protection, the ladies send them out into the night to get some before they can get some.

Takashi Bufford and J. Stanford Parker a.k.a. Bootsie wrote Booty Call as much a sexual romp as a safe sex PSA. It’s the second of only three films directed by Jeff Pollack, and the only one I’ve seen, but I enjoy it just as much now, if not more than, the first viewing.

Jamie Foxx’s Bunz is a big reason Booty Call remains so funny. Bunz is always ready with a joke or jibe and they’re nearly always have sexual undertones. Many times the scene waits unfulfilled until Foxx takes it to climax with a crass remark or dopey facial expression. He’s an adult adolescent, spouting crude references to his meat flute or tube steak or making politically incorrect references to the multicultural cast of characters. Case in point; Booty Call features a side-splittingly funny sequence wherein, to satisfy Lysty’s freakiness, Bunz impersonates Jesse Jackson, Bill Cosby, Mike Tyson, William Shatner and even Martin Luther King, Jr!

Also utilizing his stand-up background, Tommy Davidson gets some moments to yuck it up, but since he’s playing the good guy audiences are rooting for, he’s one the receiving end of jokes more often than he’s dishing them. Though most the antics center around the trials and tribulations of the fellas as they scour Chinatown looking for adequate protection, the ladies are more than just eye candy. Nikki and Lysty are strong women who run their households. The sexual escapades don’t begin without their say-so, and the two often put the heavy petting on pause at their whim.

Booty Call also features a few fun supporting performances from Art Malik, Scott LaRose, Gedde Watanabe of Sixteen Candles fame, and the late Bernie Mac who portrays the straight-laced Judge Peabody. Admittedly, Bunz’s boorish humor and certain farcical elements, like Nikki’s subtitled pooch Killer, may not be to every audience member’s tastes. For the rest, Booty Call puts forth an earnest effort to get laughs and I think their attempt is three things; Fa, Boo, Lous!

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