Malibu's Most Wanted Holy shinizzle! Jamie Kennedy's parody of suburban teens afflicted with "gangstaphrenia" makes for a more original comedy than one expects from TV-born skits. Wannabe rapper… Malibu's Most Wanted Holy shinizzle! Jamie Kennedy's parody of suburban teens afflicted with "gangstaphrenia" makes for a more original comedy than one expects from TV-born skits. Wannabe rapper…
Movie on DVD Review

Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2003; DVD Release Date: Sep 09, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Jamie Kennedy; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Holy shinizzle! Jamie Kennedy's parody of suburban teens afflicted with ''gangstaphrenia'' makes for a more original comedy than one expects from TV-born skits. Wannabe rapper B-Rad (Kennedy, playing a character from his own WB show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment) embarrasses his politician father (Ryan O'Neal). So Dad's campaign manager (Blair Underwood) hires two effete actors (Diggs and Anthony Anderson) for a kidnapping scheme that turns unexpectedly real. The formulaoddball longs for acceptance has been done, but the cast's enthusiasm, and the filmmakers' creative restraint (check out the 11 wisely deleted scenes), keep ''Wanted'' alive. EXTRAS The commentary asserts that the rap battle scene was written pre-Eminem's ''8 Mile'', not that it appears any fresher.

Originally posted Sep 19, 2003 Published in issue #729 Sep 19, 2003 Order article reprints