Cheo Tyehimba
October 13, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bamboozled

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
135 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/06/00
Wide Release Date
10/20/00
performer
Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Damon Wayans, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Sarah Jones (Writer), Paul Mooney, Mos Def, Michael Rapaport, Gillian Iliana Waters
director
Spike Lee
Producers
40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Spike Lee
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

The music to Spike Lee’s latest cinematic spoof Bamboozled is no joke. Call it a musical Talented Tenth: Stevie Wonder, Prince, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Chuck D, the Roots, Goodie Mob, etc. Lots of impressive tracks but the effort needs a tighter thematic thread. Cuts like the in-your-face ”Burned Hollywood Burned” hark back to the mid-’80s political rap scene while soulful, jazzy send-ups like Badu’s ”Hollywood” speak to today’s groove theories. B+

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