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BOOTY CALL
The Bootiest Edition

Review by Gordon Justesen

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones
Director: Jeff Pollack
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Surround
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio: Columbia Tri Star
Features: See Review
Length: 79 Minutes
Release Date: April 13, 2004

“Hey Bunz, you got any condoms?”

“STARDATE 2102: I’m without contraceptives, so please…leave me the f**k alone.”

Film ***

At the point in time between Porky's and American Pie, few movies dared to stretch the boundaries in terms of cinematic vulgarity. Booty Call was no doubt one of the movies that fit so well in this category. Here is a movie of such sheer outrageousness, and so many daring moments of physical and sexual humor, it's just one of those cases where you simply can't help but laugh out loudly at everything you're seeing and hearing. Like a great stand up performance, the movie includes countless riotous bits that you may find yourself playing back in your head long after you see it.

The movie follows the exploits of Rushon and Bunz (In Living Color vets Tommy Davidson and Jamie Foxx) two friends who are dying to get theirs. Most of the action follows a double date with the horny two. Rushon's present girlfriend, Nikki (Tamala Jones), has set up a date for her close friend, Lysterine (Vivica A. Fox), with the notorious Bunz. Their date consists of some Chinese food, a game of pool at a nearby nightclub, and a harmless game of cards back at the girls' apartment.

Eventually, both of the guys succeed in achieving their goal…well, almost. Their plans for an evening of sexual satisfaction is put on extreme halt when they are forced to go out for condoms, after Nikki's dog gets saliva all over the one Rushon had ready to go. This sets up a number of embarrassing situations for Bunz and Rushon, some of which I choose not to go into detail simply out of good taste, and believe me; it works better if I leave you to discover the excessive vulgarity that causes the endless roaring laughter.

However, I will mention a number of scenes which induce some howling. Bunz and Rushon's fowl ups with the rubbers result in multiple trips to the nearby convenience store, upon which the two clerks, both Indian, give them hell each time. In one of their return trips, the clerks greet them by singing, "You got to lick it, before you kick it. You've got to make it something worth before you stick it." A priceless moment, indeed.

Another hilarious is when Bunz and Lysterine get into some intimacy. When she confesses that she is turned on by men who do impersonations, Bunz delves into a series of dead on riffs of Jesse Jackson, Bill Cosby, and the big kicker of them all, William Shatner. And as for the aforementioned dog who destroyed Rushon's first condom, that doesn't even begin to describe the stunts this little mutt pulls off. The foursome's card playing game early in the movie has the dog initiating several acts which may have you thinking, "Did I just see what I thought I saw?"

And the laughs don't stop there, which is kind of amazing for a movie that only clocks in at 79 minutes. Towards the end of the movie, Rushon is rushed to the hospital after an accidental injury. Again, I don't think I shall go into lengthy detail of the goings-on in this scene, but I will say I never imagined that not having any insurance would be such a life saver in the best way a male could ever think possible.

If there's anything that can be said about Booty Call, it's as pure and simple as this: the movie isn't afraid to rise as far below vulgarity as humanly possible. The laughs in the movie come from some of the most outrageous and over-the-top acts of vulgarity this side of the Farrelly brothers. I must give leads Davidson and Foxx extra cred in going the extra mile and fearing nothing in humility. One thing's for sure, Booty Call is capable of whipping you into a frenzy laughing state.

Video ****

This marks the movie's second time arriving on DVD from Columbia Tri Star. I never caught the original release, but I'm willing to think that has the better deal of the two. One reason for this is that it isn't a double sided disc with the added full screen version, as the first release was. The anamorphic picture offers pure visual clarity and detail throughout, with no specific image flaws of any sort popping up in the process. Colors are especially alive and vibrant, and perhaps the presentation's most superb quality. An all around bootylicious looking flick!

Audio ***

A quite terrific 5.1 audio mix is at service here. The sound quality makes the most of what it can with a small comedy like this, whose strength is mostly in the area of dialogue. The audio's two big factors are several scenes of physical comedy which play out especially nicely. The other is the occasional playback of several rap and R&B songs on the soundtrack.

Features ***

Although it may not represent a fully loaded disc, CTS did improve on this area a lot more, judging from the first disc released early in the game. Included is a commentary track with director Jeff Pollack and writers Takashi Bufford and Bootsie, as well as cast members Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson and Vivica A. Fox. Also featured is a documentary titled "Smooth Operator", which consists of interviews with cast and crew members, in a addition to some opinionated sound bites from resident experts and everyday people on the street, all of which give their insight into the term "booty call". Lastly, there's an alternate ending and a bonus trailer gallery.

Summary:

Booty Call is pure satisfactory for those seeking over the top, dare to be extreme comedy with an unapologetic sense towards sexual humor and overall vulgarity. It may not be for all tastes, but those who can stomach the outrageousness will certainly have a memorable blast.