FOOLISH (Movie)

4/9/1999. Friday. 97 min. Rated R.
Artisan Entertainment.
Comedy.
aka: "Tears of a Clown"
Code: FLS 4/1999

PLOT

Foolish Waise is a stand-up comic struggling to make his mark who teams up with his con man brother, Fifty Dollah, on a business venture to set up their own comedy club.

CREDITS

Writer: Master P.
Director: Dave Meyers.

CAST

Eddie Griffin as Foolish
Master P as Fifty Dollah
Jonathan Banks as Numbers, a business associate of Fifty Dollah.
Andrew Dice Clay as El Dorado Ron
Amy Petersen as Desiree
Frank Sivero as Giovanni
Daphne Duplaix as Charisse
Traci Bingham
Bill Duke as Studio Producer
Marla Gibbs as Odetta Waise

BAD GUY

Numbers is some sort of shady character.

CHARACTER

Safety-minded, kept incriminating video for future use. Good friend to Fifty; willing to risk his own life by giving Fifty the video to use for blackmail when it is very likely Ron will know where it came from. Not much for home décor; his place has a seventies look. Attacked by Fifty and Foolish as a joke. A nude young lady is in Fifty’s room while Numbers is there and Numbers expresses his concern to Fifty about her age.

COMMENTS

Half the movie is Foolish’s stand-up routines, and from the credits and plot gaps it seems that many things were cut, which may account for some of the script problems. But the script is still a hodge-podge of very old ‘gonna be a star’ cliches uneasily transplanted into the comedy club/crime boss venue. Continuity and motivation are very sketchy.

COSTUME

JB has a beard that is shaved into three vertical sections. Numbers wears a rayon retro fifties-style shirt and a white hat of the same vintage.

CRITICS

"…sort of grows on you…" New York Times, 4/10/1999, p.B17

"…as raunchy as it is uneven…" "…features a fine cast, generally underused – (list) and Jonathan Banks." San Francisco Chronicle, 4/10/1999, p. E4.

"…enjoyable, raunchy…" Hollywood Reporter, 4/12/1999.

"…doing business with such shady characters as Numbers (Jonathan Banks) and El Dorado Ron…" Los Angeles Times, 4/12/1999, Calendar p.F4.

"A strange combination of urban melodrama and comedy concert film… falling firmly on its face while trying to cash in on the popularity of a hip-hop star." Variety, 4/12/1999, Review, p.13.

"…short on fun and long on insolence. … Foolish stumbles through a series of vignettes with leaden pacing. The supporting cast is peppered with familiar faces – Jonathan Banks, Bill Duke… -- but they add little to the proceedings." Mark Burger, Journal Now,

4/23/1999.

"…a jaw-droppingly horrible film, one with no redeeming value socially, cinematically or otherwise. Comedically it has some potential, but only in its stand-up comedy moments…" Eugene Novikov, Ultimate Movies.

SCREEN TIME

An estimated 5-8 minutes in 3 scenes.