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Fifty Shades Of Black – Better Than The Original – Review

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It’s still better than Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Marlon Wayans stars as Christian Black – a mysterious businessman with a love for unconventional sexual practices.  Now, he has become fixated on the young, bland, dowdy college student Hannah (Kali Hawk), who equally is repulsed and intrigued with Black and his invitation to become his partner.

Just trying to follow the logic makes my head want to explode.  Fifty Shades Of Black is a parody of Fifty Shades Of Grey, which was an unintentional parody of good movies, which means Fifty Shades Of Black could win an Oscar.  OK, not really.

Sadly, Wayans and the team too often believe the definition of “parody” means they should act as outrageous, offensive and idiotic as possible, as if they are guests on an episode of Jerry Springer.  Sure, a stray laugh or giggle may slip out, but this is not the path to great comic genius.

As a writer, Wayans, along with co-writer Rick Alvarez, delivers the most comedy when mocking the true awfulness and ridiculousness of the parody target.   They understand the situations, dialogue and story presented in Fifty Shades Of Grey are stupid, clunky and implausible.

However, Fifty Shades Of Black becomes a stream of inappropriateness cloaked in the idea of being a parody, which runs out of steam as the film struggles to keep up the pace and see the premise to its conclusion.

1waffles_sml1 Waffle (Out of 4)

Fifty Shades Of Black is rated R for strong crude sexual content including some graphic nudity, and for language throughout.

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