Pootie Tang

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Overview

This comic spoof is spun off from a character that first appeared on The Chris Rock Show, and is written and directed by Louis C.K., one of that show's producers. Lance Crouther stars as Pootie Tang, a crime fighting superhero and recording artist who speaks in an unintelligible gibberish that seems to be a combination of Ebonics and street slang. Despite his communication problem, Pootie is a hero to children, whom he attempts to protect from the evil Dick Lecter Robert Vaughn, a corporate fat cat out to corrupt...
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Overview

This comic spoof is spun off from a character that first appeared on The Chris Rock Show, and is written and directed by Louis C.K., one of that show's producers. Lance Crouther stars as Pootie Tang, a crime fighting superhero and recording artist who speaks in an unintelligible gibberish that seems to be a combination of Ebonics and street slang. Despite his communication problem, Pootie is a hero to children, whom he attempts to protect from the evil Dick Lecter Robert Vaughn, a corporate fat cat out to corrupt America's youth with alcohol, tobacco, and junk food. Pootie also runs up against an artistic imitator David Cross and a sleazy recording executive Andy Richter Pootie Tang co-stars Chris Rock, Dave Attell, and Bob Costas and Conan O'Brien as themselves.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Unlike so many Saturday Night Live spin-offs, the underrated Pootie Tang was built out of a TV skit -- from the defunct Chris Rock Show -- that deserved a fuller treatment. Mining the line between gibberish and jive -- and between hip-hop and hype -- Rock Show director Louis C.K. has written and directed a movie that aims for cult status and mostly earns it. Pootie played by Lance Crouther is a ghetto superstar par excellence -- corny-cool right down to his cheap tinted shades and wide-open short-sleeve shirts. And while he may look like a wannabe Commodore trying to get backstage at a Teena Marie-Rick James concert, he's really a superhero whose powers lie in a magic belt bequeathed to Pootie by his late father one of many roles played by Rock. When he's not recording wordless hit songs, he's out doing public service announcements to keep the kids of America by way of Brooklyn sober, off drugs, and as far away from cheeseburgers and chicken as possible. His PSAs have driven a super-conglomerate's profits into the ground. Eventually the CEO played by Robert Vaughn in a hilariously tragic dye job dispatches his temptress Jennifer Coolidge to weaken Pootie so he can steal the belt and make Pootie do malt liquor ads. You get the picture: Pootie Tang mocks the place where hip-hop and blaxplotiation meet. As it turns out, the movie's low-budget sheen is its own best critique of the retro-fabulousness being laughed at. With the peerless Wanda Sykes dressed as a middle-aged Lil' Kim providing plenty of laughs, Pootie is hellbent on keepin' it surreal.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The character of Pootie Tang, a blend of hip-hop star and blaxploitation stud superhero, is well played by Lance Crouther who simultaneously brings to mind both Rudy Ray Moore as Dolemite and Buster Keaton's hilarious stone-faced expressions. For its first 15 minutes, the film is an inspired series of jokes ranging from a parody of a fight scene in an action film to the unusual death of Pootie's dad, including maybe the funniest scene ever of an unfaithful lover being kicked out of his jealous girlfriend's apartment. Although the film is unable to maintain the humor and the energy throughout its rather short 75-minute running time, Pootie Tang does deserve to be mentioned alongside Hollywood Shuffle and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka as one of the few films to take a strong comedic look at the images of African-Americans in popular culture. Though unable to expand on its sketch-comedy roots, Pootie Tang has all the makings of a cult favorite.
Village Voice
Poised somewhere between blaxploitation spoof and avant-garde freak-out, Pootie Tang qualifies as the weirdest, funniest studio release of the [2001] summer and a bona fide cult object in the making.... "Sipi-tai!" and "Wa-da-ta!" are his favorite interjections. It's one of the movie's central jokes that everyone somehow understands what he's saying.... [Louis] C.K. enlivens the proceedings with a befuddling array of alienation effects...and muscles through the threadbare patches by sheer force of surreal non sequitur. Dennis Lim

Poised somewhere between blaxploitation spoof and avant-garde freak-out, Pootie Tang qualifies as the weirdest, funniest studio release of the [2001] summer and a bona fide cult object in the making.... "Sipi-tai!" and "Wa-da-ta!" are his favorite interjections. It's one of the movie's central jokes that everyone somehow understands what he's saying.... [Louis] C.K. enlivens the proceedings with a befuddling array of alienation effects...and muscles through the threadbare patches by sheer force of surreal non sequitur. Dennis Lim
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2002
  • UPC: 097363392231
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lance Crouther Pootie Tang
Jennifer Coolidge Ireenie
Wanda Sykes Biggie Shorty
Robert Vaughn Dick Lecter
Chris Rock JB
Dave Attell Frank
Reg E. Cathey Dirty Dee
J.B. Smoove Trucky
Andy Richter
Conan O'Brien
Chuck Jeffreys Bad Bitty
Kristen Bell
Keesha Sharp P.G.
Technical Credits
Louis C.K. Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Doug Abel Editor
Roy Anderson Stunts
Dave Becky Executive Producer
Blair Breard Co-producer
Caldecot "Cotty" Chubb Producer
Sean Daniel Executive Producer
David Gale Producer
Brett Goldstein Casting
Willy Kurant Cinematographer
Ali LeRoi Producer
Michael McQuarn Musical Direction/Supervision
QD3 Score Composer
Chris Rock Producer
Michael Rotenberg Executive Producer
Peter Schneider Sound/Sound Designer
Momita Sengupta Associate Producer
Amanda Silberstein Costumes/Costume Designer
Amy Beth Silver Production Designer
Andrea Stanley Art Director
Richard Steele Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Rae Thewlis Asst. Director
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Tonero Williams Set Decoration/Design
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    POOTIE TANG

    VERY FUNNY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best...The Best...The Best

    This movie is great for young and old. My mother and I love it. My sister in-law as well. She is very uppity, you know the type, and she even laughed. I do not like to watch movies over again unless it has been awhile, but this one is an exception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sa da tay! Pootie Tang is O-Kay

    "Pootie Tang" is the ultimate guilty pleasure film. Sometimes I ask myself, "Why do I laugh at this?" I don't know why, but it’s crazy. Chris Rock has done well on this movie. I don't know how you come up with a story about a funny talking super hero. Throughout the whole movie, this guy is saying a thing that doesn’t make any sense, but the characters surrounding him all understand. How do you come up something like that?!? And put it into a feature film!!! One liners like "sa da tay" and "sine your pity on the runny kine", are classics. Forget the fact that the movie is silly and extremely basic in plot, the story of this modern-day inner-city African-American untouchable super hero is funny, and on a elementary level, it even gets some socio-political digs in too. The movie is only 70 minutes long, but it manages to take shots at corporate America, some black stereotypes, and society's habit of unrestrained hero worship. I was tempted to label the movie "dumb", but given these little angles, it's obvious that there was some cleverness at work behind the scenes. "Pootie Tang" was conceived on the HBO hit The Chris Rock Show, in this spin off movie, Pootie is trying to take all the junk food, drugs and alcohol off the street that is being distributed by Dick Lecter (Robert Vaughn). The supporting cast includes The Chris Rock Show regular Wanda Sykes. Missy Elliot also does a cameo in this as well. "Pootie Tang" seems like a send up to 70's blaxpoitation films, but at the same time, I don't know what it is. "Pootie Tang" is a mixed bag of funk music, cheesy action and comedy. It all works for "Pootie Tang" making it the most unusual film ever made. If the idea of a character that combines the talents of Buckwheat, Austin Powers, and Shaft appeals to you, then you will find something to like about "Pootie Tang".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FUNNY!!!

    My wife and I watched rented it having no idea what it was. We watched it and it was very hilarious!We loved Jennifer Coolidge(Ireenie) in this movie. It has been out for a long time, but I still liked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hillarious!!!

    I absolutely LOVE this movie. I am a middle class white girl and I totally GOT this movie, Chirs Rock is a master of comedy and the guy who plays Pootie Tang is just so hillarious! I don't know how they kept a straight face through the movie! It is definitely a cult classic. I can watch it over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sadatay ma damie.

    if Austin Powers was born in the ghetto in the 70's at the height of the blacksploitation era, he would be Pootie Tang. i started following his character from the Chris Rock Show and found him to be great (even though most of the people i I'd see it with, just could'n get it, which by the way made it twice more hilarious). This guy fights crime, sings, and has a reputation with the ladies, all without the benifit of intelligible communication skills. enough said. if you liked Austin Powers, dug The Superfly Era and don't wanna watch a movie you have to take too seriously, Pootie Will Sign His Bittie On Yo Runnie Kine!

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