With news White Chicks might be returning to our screens for a sequel in the future, some fans are rewatching the film and finding it hasn’t aged well.
When the Wayans Brothers released the film in 2004, it grossed $19.7 million in its opening weekend and finished with $70.8 million at the box office in the US alone.
Here’s the trailer for a little trip down memory lane:
With those potential earnings you can see why film studios might take a second look at the hit comedy.
The narrative follows two disgraced FBI agents who go way undercover in an effort to protect hotel heiresses – the Wilson Sisters – from a kidnapping plot, with humour some describe as ‘silly’ and ‘obvious’.
The comedy stylings certainly rely on some old tropes which were, shall we say, of its time.
Still, Marlon Wayans discussed the possibility of a sequel during an appearance on MTV’s TRL in March 2018, saying the fans want it.
Marlon told the TRL live audience:
Is White Chicks 2 happening anytime soon? I don’t know. But there’s been a lot of rumblings happening.
A lot of people want us to do it. So me and my brothers have been talking. So if things go right, we hope to do a White Chicks 2.
Terry Crews also weighed in more recently, joking he’s staying in shape only on the off-chance it happens.
Crews told Us Weekly:
I would love one! I’m staying in shape for White Chicks 2!….. I will never get out of shape — you know that, right? I will be 75 and say, ‘Here we go, I’m ready to go!’
I will never, ever get out of shape because that movie’s going to happen one day.
The film was loved by some and challenged by many. All we can say for certain is the script was certainly of its time.
With a Rotten Tomatoes critic’s average of 3.7 out of 10 but an audience rating of 55 per cent, the jury is still out.
But some folks don’t think it should get a shot at a sequel, branding the first film ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’.
Expressing views some might find controversial, members of the Internet Jury have taken to Twitter:
@NPR Are you planning on also addressing the blatant racism & sexism portrayed in the 2004 movie White Chicks? Or does it get a pass on being offensive because the actors were black & male? https://t.co/z8h3w7BcGr
— What Now? (@WhatNow56676131) February 10, 2019
Well I guess I need to let you know that as a white female i find the movie “white chicks” offensive African American men white face to mock white chicks.
— beach life (@beachlifeslow) February 7, 2019
At a time when people are UNDERSTANDABLY UPSET about "Black Face", how is this ok? I get that it's not on the same level, but isn't it still racist? #BlackFace #WhiteFace #Racism https://t.co/QSZErKQdBg
— Atheist Andrew (@ajdube) March 18, 2019
The movie "White Chicks" is pretty offensive. Not for race related reasons, though. Just to the medium of film as a whole.
— Lee M. Erickson (Nyarleethotep) (@leemerickson) October 25, 2018
Comedy is subjective, but maybe there is such a thing as bad comedy after all.
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.