White Chicks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, who wrote and produced alongside his brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Distributed by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures, Shawn and Marlon Wayans portray two African American male FBI agents who don whiteface in order disguise themselves as two white women. The film was released in the United States on June 23, 2004.
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|Directed by||Keenen Ivory Wayans|
|Music by||Teddy Castellucci|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$113.1 million|
It has a approval rating of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, and grossed $113.1 million worldwide against a budget of $37 million.
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The plot begins in a convenience store where two FBI agent brothers who are posing as Cuban clerks, Kevin and Marcus, try to capture members of an organization that sells drugs inside ice cream boxes. Unfortunately, the first arrival turns out to be a genuine ice cream delivery, and the actual drug dealers manage to get away. The situation is worsened by the fact that Kevin and Marcus have decided to resolve this bust by themselves.
The FBI supervisor, Elliott Gordon, gives the two agents a last chance to remain in the FBI by giving them the duty of chauffeuring the mega-rich billionaire cruise line heiresses Brittany and Tiffany Wilson, who are arriving in town for Labor Day Weekend in the Hamptons, from a kidnapping plot (known as the socialite kidnappings). When the Wilson sisters get minor facial cuts in a car accident, Kevin scares them into staying in the hotel all weekend. Kevin and Marcus then disguise themselves as the Wilson sisters with heavy prosthetic makeup and clothing in order to save their jobs.
At the Royal Hampton hotel, Kevin and Marcus, now disguised as Brittany and Tiffany meet the Sisters' three best friends, Karen, Tori, and Lisa, and their rivals the Vandergeld sisters, Megan and Heather. They also encounter Karen's love interest, Heath, a broke and jobless actor who is also Heather's boyfriend. Kevin shows an interest in the news reporter Denise Porter who is in the Hamptons to report on the Labor Day Weekend events. Marcus' wife Gina, whose relationship is already rocky, gets suspicious when she hears a woman's voice in the background during a phone conversation with Marcus. The woman (a sales assistant) is actually just trying to help Marcus get dressed in some very tight clothes. But Gina misinterprets them and assumes that Marcus is having an affair.
Meanwhile, pro basketball player Latrell Spencer takes an interest in Marcus, thinking that he is Tiffany and white. A date with Marcus/Tiffany is then auctioned off to Latrell during a charity dinner, much to Marcus's fear and Heather's jealousy. The next morning, at the beach, Kevin learns of Denise's desire to be wooed by a wealthy man as opposed to the men she usually sees and uses Latrell/Marcus's date to steal Latrell's car and house keys to take Denise on a date whilst pretending to be Latrell. When Kevin and Denise arrive at the house, they encounter Latrell's cleaner who he throws out and Kevin later gets attacked by Latrell's Rottweiler until he manages to trap the dog in a coat closet.
As Kevin and Denise get close, he manages to gain some information relevant to the case of Ted Burton (the suspect they're after). Meanwhile, Marcus makes many attempts to repulse Latrell on their date while brushing off his many advances such as eating uncontrollably and messy, chewing off a hangnail on his big toe and farting. His attempts fail to do anything but amuse and further endear "Tiffany" to Latrell. Elsewhere, FBI agents Gomez and Harper investigate Marcus and Kevin's hotel room due to suspicion. In their search, they find the Wilson Sisters masks and panties and conclude that they are Marcus and Kevin in disguise.
At a nightclub, Latrell attempts to roofie Marcus in hopes of having sex only to be tricked into taking it himself and ends up in bed with Heath's best friend, Russ. Marcus and Kevin beat Heather and Megan in a dance-off hoping to help Karen win Heath only to have Heather kiss him. Karen runs into the bathroom, and whilst vomiting and drunk, slips to Marcus and Kevin that Warren Vandergeld is really penniless, and has only recently paid Karen's father back for loans he has lent him. The next day, the real Brittany and Tiffany see their faces in a magazine due to the dance off in the nightclub, and they realize that two people are impersonating them. Gina and her friend, Shaunice, see Kevin as Brittany while visiting Marcus and believes that Marcus is "cheating" on her.
Despite protesting that Brittany is really Kevin, Gina still walks away in anger and disgust. The real Wilson sisters go to the hotel where agents Gomez and Harper undress them and pull at their faces and their hair, thinking they are Marcus and Kevin, only to find out that they're the real Wilson sisters - causing them to get suspended from their jobs. The chief finding out that Marcus and Kevin have been impersonating Brittany and Tiffany, and because of this, the chief fires the both of them. Later on, Kevin and Marcus discover Mr. Vandergeld is behind the kidnapping plot, using the ransom money and the charity auction money to keep his family in their luxurious lifestyle. Their attempts to notify the chief fall on deaf ears and so they, Gomez and Harper pursue the case themselves.
At the fashion show, Kevin and Marcus replace the Vandergeld sisters on the catwalk which angers them and attempt to humiliate the Wilson sisters. Karen tells Heath she's tired of waiting for him and he callously brushes her off, which causes Marcus to punch Heath in the face. After the Vandergeld sisters are humiliated off the catwalk by Karen Lisa and Tori, Marcus and Kevin are exposed by the real Wilson sisters, at which point Warren Vandergeld begins the kidnapping plot.
He captures one of the real Brittany and Kevin, only to have his criminal activities and bankruptcy exposed. In the ensuing fight, Kevin is shot trying to protect Denise, and Latrell is shot trying to protect Marcus. The duo successfully captures Vandergeld whilst Gomez and Harper apprehend Heath and Russ. While thanking Latrell, Marcus peels his mask off, revealing that he is actually a black man.
While Latrell is upset that Marcus is a man, he is mainly angry over the fact that Marcus is black. Marcus apologizes to Gina for constantly putting work before her, and the two make up, much to Shaunice's disapproval. Denise falls for Kevin after he took a bullet for her. The movie ends with Tori, Lisa, and Karen admitting they liked Brittany and Tiffany a lot more when it was Marcus and Kevin, and the five agree to remain friends, promising to go shopping.
- Shawn Wayans as Kevin Copeland
- Marlon Wayans as Marcus Anthony Copeland II
- Busy Philipps as Karen Googlestein
- Jennifer Carpenter as Lisa Anderson
- Jessica Cauffiel as Tori Willson
- John Heard as Warren Vandergeld
- Jaime King as Heather Vandergeld
- Brittany Daniel as Megan Vandergeld
- Terry Crews as Latrell Spencer
- Frankie Faison as Section Chief Elliott Gordon
- Lochlyn Munro as Special FBI Agent Jacob Harper
- Eddie Velez as Special FBI Agent Vincent Gomez
- Rochelle Aytes as Denise Porter
- Maitland Ward as Brittany Wilson
- Anne Dudek as Tiffany Wilson
- Faune A. Chambers as Gina Copeland
- John Reardon as Heath
- Steven Grayhm as Russ
- Casey Lee as Tony
- Drew Sidora as Shaunice
- David Lewis as Josh
- Heather McDonald as Saleswoman
- Brad Loree as Dealer Henchman
- Evangeline Lilly as Party Guest (uncredited)
The film grossed $19.7 million in its opening weekend, taking the #2 spot. It finished with $70.8 million at the box office in the United States, and $42 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $113.1 million, against a budget of $37 million. The film was released in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2004, and opened on #2, behind Shark Tale.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it an aggregate rating of 15%, based on 123 reviews, with an average rating of 3.7/10. The site's consensus reads that the film is a "scattershot comedy that's silly and obvious." On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 41 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
Film critic Richard Roeper put the film at #1 on his list of the worst films of 2004, amongst claims of unconvincing prosthetics and racism. It was nominated for five Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress for the Wayans brothers in drag, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Couple, but failed to get any of those awards.
The sequel was confirmed to be in the works in March 2018.
- Cross-dressing in film and television
- Some Like It Hot, a comedy film of 1959 starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Similar story, in which two male musicians dress as women to hide from gangsters in Florida.
- Nuns on the Run, a comedy film of 1990 starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane as criminals posing as nuns to hide from a rival gang.
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