Marci X

Marci X

Cast: Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans, Christine Baranski

     
 

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Richard Benjamin directs Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans in Marci X, a film that disappeared quickly and quietly during its brief theatrical run. The film appears on DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned EnglishSee more details below

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Richard Benjamin directs Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans in Marci X, a film that disappeared quickly and quietly during its brief theatrical run. The film appears on DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, which is not much of a surprise considering the cast members' reluctance to do much publicity for the film at the time of its initial release.

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If you're looking for maybe the most effective hip-hop satire to date, you'll find it in an unusual place -- a little-seen Lisa Kudrow vehicle called Marci X. There's a reason not many people caught Richard Benjamin's film, as its weaknesses probably outnumber its strengths. But its strengths are memorable, driven by Paul Rudnick's script, which strikes just the right satirical tone, and just enough Legally Blonde-style fluff. Avoiding the tendencies of such over-the-top rap spoofs as CB4 and Malibu's Most Wanted, Rudnick keeps things believable enough to work as sly commentary, while still zany enough to qualify as parody. For example, the prototypical Dr. S' misogynist sex anthem -- "Power in My Pants," confidently rapped by Damon Wayans -- is not only pretty close to sounding like a real song, but its infectious beat lingers in the viewer's consciousness (props to songwriters Marc Shaiman and Mervyn Warren on that one). Among the actors, Wayans is key to reining in his director's more slapstick instincts, which get the better of Benjamin during a scene in which a stuffy senator (Christine Baranski) gets her groove on via some pretty un-senatorial dance moves. In smartly underplaying Dr. S, Wayans helps Rudnick's jokes -- such as a jailed rap mogul who pimps out his cell and has a prison posse -- land more solidly. Kudrow has charming moments, and shows her own fitness for rhyming, but her character is played more for broad laughter. Neither of the two main characters is what you would call deep, and the narrative is disjointed and hurried in running less than 85 minutes. But with isolated sharp observations on the language and cultural cachet of rap music, Marci X has a little something extra to set it apart.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0097363309048
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes both the widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs and the full-screen version; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround; English Dolby surround; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lisa Kudrow Marci Field
Damon Wayans Dr. Snatchcatcher
Richard Benjamin Ben Feld
Christine Baranski Sen. Mary Ellen Spinkle
Paula Garcés Yolanda Quinones
Billy Griffith Tubby Fenders
Jane Krakowski Lauren
Sherie Rene Scott Kirsten
Veanne Cox Caitlin
Charles Kimbrough Actor
Myk Watford Police Man #1

Technical Credits
Richard Benjamin Director
Julie A. Bloom Asst. Director
Jacqueline Cambas Editor
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Diane Lederman Set Decoration/Design
Nicholas Lundy Art Director
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Mitchell Choreography
Steve Nicolaides Executive Producer
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Paul Rudnick Screenwriter
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Marc Shaiman Songwriter
Ilene Starger Casting
Mervyn Warren Score Composer,Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Top of the Charts [:19]
2. Corporste Legend [2:28]
3. Ben Wishes for a Son [:18]
4. Public Relations [5:30]
5. The Power [1:14]
6. Boyz R Us [3:05]
7. Auctioning Off Dr. S [4:30]
8. Dance of Diversity [1:03]
9. Marci's New Man [5:57]
10. Peer Pressure [:48]
11. Controversy [5:16]
12. Misunderstood [:55]
13. A New Campaign Song [6:18]
14. Committee Approval [6:58]
15. Epilogue [:25]
1. Top of the Charts [:19]
2. Corporste Legend [2:28]
3. Ben Wishes for a Son [:18]
4. Public Relations [5:30]
5. The Power [1:14]
6. Boyz R Us [3:05]
7. Auctioning Off Dr. S [4:30]
8. Dance of Diversity [1:03]
9. Marci's New Man [5:57]
10. Peer Pressure [:48]
11. Controversy [5:16]
12. Misunderstood [:55]
13. A New Campaign Song [6:18]
14. Committee Approval [6:58]
15. Epilogue [:25]

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