In Mo’ Money, which he wrote and produced, Damon Wayans plays a petty urban crook who has grown sick of risking his butt for the sake of a $50 con job. Enticed by the luscious, upwardly mobile young woman (Stacey Dash) he sees entering a swank downtown office, he finagles himself a job in the mail room. The movie is fast and funny when it shows us an array of dysfunctional corporate types through the eyes of its incredulous hustler hero: We’re seeing dorkishness at its most embarrassingly Caucasian. And Wayans, who on TV’s In Living Color exaggerates — and revels in — the absurdity of black stereotypes with some of Eddie Murphy’s old gusto, doesn’t reserve his darts for whites. In Mo’ Money, he lampoons the acquisitiveness of ghetto dreamers; he sees the comic underside of people who don’t have anything but can still fantasize about having it all. After a while, though, the hero is lured into the clutches of a corrupt coworker (John Diehl), and the movie becomes a halfhearted ”thriller.” It loses not merely its pulse but its comic attitude, its manic satirical vision of inner-city money fever.
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Comedy; Starring: Stacey Dash, Damon Wayans, John Diehl, Harry Lennix, Marlon Wayans; Director: Peter MacDonald; Author: Damon Wayans; Runtime (in minutes): 97; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Posted August 7 1992 — 12:00 AM EDT
- 'SNL' preview: What to expect from Dakota Johnson and Alabama Shakes?
- 'Parks and Rec': On set for the final day
- John Green's 'Alaska' scriptwriters set
- Craig Ferguson set for ABC comedy pilot
- Will Smith back in 'Focus': What critics said
- 'The Red Road's Jason Momoa on season 2 and when we can expect Aquaman in action
- Look, but don't retouch? What our female celeb photo fascination says about us
- 20 TV series that nailed it with their very first scenes
- 'Last Man on Earth' guys salute inspirations
- 'Empire': New EW cast portraits and behind-the-scenes photos
- 'Dancing with the Stars': Sizing up the season 20 cast
- 'Parks' 2017: What we embrace/dread in world of tomorrow
- Susan Sarandon, Prince William and More!