A Microphone, A Piano, A Very Funny Man
Dysfunctional Family
Review by Ross Anthony

I laughed my butt off.

That said, Eddie Griffin doesn't mince words. He has little reverence for the politically correct. He swears like my Honda 250 spits oil and uses the N-word like verbal punctuation.

Having really enjoyed "Undercover Brother," I went out of my way to catch this film and ended up laughing so hard, I cried at times.

Documentary-style interludes stengthen this comedian concert film. These segments capture Eddie's uncles and mothers talking candidly about such personal history that most of us would never speak candidly about -- especially not with a camera around (i.e. pornography, drugs, jail time, child-whoopin').

Surprising yes, but these comments bring yet another level of sincerity to the production. With these family members also sitting in the front row, Eddie's humorous monologue works in their quirks and unpleasantries with a not very often scene brutally honest warmth.

But seriously folks, you should know yourselves by now ... if you're the type of person that doesn't mind being graphically ribbed when it comes to sex, politics or religion; then you might just have a great time. (btw, I'd also suggest "Notorious Cho.") If, however, swearing bothers you, if the N-word bothers you, if you never take the Lord's name in vain -- don't go!

Also kudos to the director, the concert is filmed sharply, with well-placed roving cameras and plenty of crisp close-in shots to accent the comedy. Kudos to the editing as well -- liked the daring 1/2 dissolves.

  • Dysfunctional Family. Copyright © 2003. Rated R.
  • Written by and Starring Eddie Griffin.
  • Directed by George Gallo.
  • Produced by Eddie Griffin, David Permut, Paul Brooks at Miramax/Gold Circle/Heartland/Permut.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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