Video Review

The Meteor Man

MPAA Rating: PG
EW's GRADE
D

Details Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Robert Townsend; Distributor: MGM

This theatrical dud from director-star Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) is about a mild-mannered ghetto dweller who uses newfound superpowers to clean up his community, and it's just as cloyingly unwatchable on video as it was in the movie house. The few laughs are of the down-and-dirty variety -- he and a villain try to vogue each other to death -- suggesting that maybe Townsend should drop the socially redeeming stuff and just go all-out crude. On the star-spotting tip, The Meteor Man features enough celebrity cameos (Bill Cosby, Beverly Johnson, various rappers) to make it the African-American analogue of Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood. D

Originally posted Feb 04, 1994 Published in issue #208 Feb 04, 1994 Order article reprints
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