Who Made the Potatoe Salad?

Micheal (Jaleel White – from television's Family Matters) is a police officer in San Diego. He has just proposed to his girlfriend Ashley (Jennia Fredrique – appeared in episodes of Passions), who has accepted. Life seemingly could not be better. That is until Michael decides to meet Ashley's family over the Thanksgiving holiday. Ashley's father (Clifton Powell – Ray, Rush Hour) is a former member of the Black Panthers who thinks that Michael is a traitor to his race by being a policeman. Her brother, June Bug (DeRay Davis – Scary Movie 4, Barbershop), is a gangster who is continuously smoking up and ordering mail order brides. It is only the mother (Ella Joyce – Reality Bites) who is on his side. This is definitely going to be one Thanksgiving that Michael remembers for a long time and for all the wrong reasons!

I don't know if the idea behind this was to make an African-American urban version of "Meet the Parents" or what, but whatever they tried to do it fails miserably. There is nothing original about the story in that a straight-laced guy/girl meets the off-the-wall parents of his fiancé. We've seen it all before! Besides that it is not even done well. Some of the humour or attempts at it are so stupid and crass that you will find yourself just staring at the screen wondering why you bothered. Even the talent that Jaleel White has built a career on of being the lovable loser does nothing to save this sinking ship. All the film does is perpetuate the stereotypes it so cleverly thinks it is making fun of. As for director Damon "Coke" Daniels (first film) getting Eddie Griffin (Date Movie, Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo) to do a small cameo…I don't even want to talk about it!

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