By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Three Beers) –
Ashtray (Shawn Wayans) is sent to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles, with his best friend Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans). Together, they try to make names for themselves in the challenging world of the ghetto.
Like I’m gonna Git you Sucka before it, the Wayans family returns with a collaborative parody aimed at the crime genre. This time however, they update it to suit the mid 90s trend of Los Angeles ghetto films. The title itself is a play on Menace II Society, Boyz N The Hood, and Juice, which should tip the viewer right away to the sort of humor to follow. For the most part, the laughs are consistent, the Wayans team fill the movie with more jokes per minute than can be caught in one sitting. The movie is full of on-point humor that hits the genre hard.
Unfortunately Menace doesn’t have much in the way of a story to follow. What results is the feeling of a scattershot series of loosely connected sketches. While they are more than often funny, this can make the viewer lose interest after a few jokes fail to strike the right vibe. I’m gonna Git you Sucka may not have had a strong story, but it was enough of an excuse to stay interested, and allowed the ability for the filmmakers to pace the humor more smoothly.
At what point in history did they write a rule saying that all parodies should be filled with dick and fart jokes? Don’t get me wrong, this sort of humor can be funny, however it has to be earned. Without taking the time to set up the gag, or find a new and innovative approach to it, all you’re doing is re-hashing an immensely tired field of humor. These moments haven’t aged well, and if it wasn’t for a whole lot of better jokes throughout the film, Menace would have proven to be as forgettable as Little Man, and White Chicks.
Same concept, better execution
An uneven, but often hilarious movie. Recommended.
Take a Drink: for fart jokes
Take a Drink: for each occurrence of the “message!” running gag
Do a Shot: for “The Man”