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Pootie Tang

Movie poster for Pootie Tang
Directed by Louis C.K.
Produced by Caldecot Chubb
David Gale
Ali LeRoi
Chris Rock
Written by Louis C.K.
Starring Lance Crouther
J. B. Smoove
Jennifer Coolidge
Wanda Sykes
with Robert Vaughn
and Chris Rock
Music by Louis C.K.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 29, 2001
Running time 70 min.
Language English
Budget $3 million
Gross revenue $3,313,583

Pootie Tang is an American comedy film written and directed by Louis C.K. and released in 2001. The film was adapted from a comedy sketch which first appeared on The Chris Rock Show. The character Pootie Tang is a satire of the stereotyped characters who appeared in old blaxploitation films. His speech, which vaguely resembles pidgin, is mostly unintelligible to the audience, but the other characters in the film have no problem understanding him.

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Plot

Pootie Tang, born in "a small city outside of Gary, Indiana", is portrayed as a ladies' man who is "too cool for words" even as a young child. His life is marked by the deaths of his mother Momma Dee and, shortly thereafter, his father Daddy Tang, the latter of whom dies from complications of a freak attack by a gorilla while at work. Just before Daddy Tang's death, Pootie inherits his father's belt and is told that he can "whoop anyone's ass with just that belt."

As a young adult, Pootie Tang rises to fame and becomes well-known for a variety of reasons. He sings in night clubs, stars in public service announcements for children, produces top-of-the-charts music hits, and generally defeats wrongdoers with the power of his belt.

Dick Lecter, the CEO of multi-industrial conglomerate LecterCorp, learns of Pootie Tang's positive influence on society - and his negative influence on Lecter's bottom line. Lecter encourages his right-hand lady, Ireenie, to seduce Pootie Tang into signing an agreement with LecterCorp that would stop Pootie Tang's influence on America's children.

Pootie Tang falls for Ireenie's tricks and subsequently falls apart. His status as pop culture icon is destroyed, and he engages on a quest to "find [him]self, blah, blah, blah." This journey is encouraged by Biggie Shortie, who promises to wait for Pootie to return to her and to the rest of society. Pootie moves to a farm for a while. After his single corn stalk dies, he has a vision of Daddy Tang and Momma Dee. Daddy Tang reveals that there is nothing special about Pootie's belt; instead, Pootie must fight evil with the goodness that is inside him. Pootie realizes he must move back to the city and fight crime once again.

Pootie Tang returns to the city just as Dick Lecter is unveiling the first of his new restaurant chain, "Pootie's Bad Time Burgers." At a small news conference, Pootie confronts Lecter only to discover that Lecter has amassed dozens of "Pootie-alikes" who will spread the message of LecterCorp around the nation. Pootie Tang, with the help of Biggie Shortie, defeats all of these henchmen and Lecter himself. Good triumphs over evil once again, and Biggie Shortie finally gets her man: she and Pootie Tang plan to get married now that Pootie is back.

Reaction

Critical reaction was mostly negative, with Rotten Tomatoes only gauging 28 percent positive reviews. [1] Roger Ebert gave it a half-star rating, criticizing it for excessive use of vulgar language and demeaning portrayal of women.[2] Nathan Rabin at The Onion A.V. Club said Pootie Tang "borders on audience abuse" and "confuse[s] idiocy for absurdity and randomness for wit".[3]

Kevin Murphy however, in his book A Year at the Movies, praised the film, saying:

"Pootie Tang crosses all cultural barriers to become the dumbest movie I've seen in an entire generation. But it is also funny as hell...Pootie Tang strives for the dumbness it achieves, a feat few films can do...this is a good kind of dumb. Like mooning. Like a cat falling off a table."[4]

Cultural references

At the end of the horror film spoof Scary Movie 3, the aliens claim they watched a cursed video tape that spurred their visits to Earth because they thought it was Pootie Tang. In the movie Scary Movie 4, many characters argue about this film.

Various blogs hold monthly competitions to see just how many times in succession individuals have seen the film. The current world wide record is held by "DoodieTang89" with 3 baker's dozens in row.

Cast

Soundtrack

A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on June 16, 2001 by Hollywood Records. It peaked at #51 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #22 on the Top Soundtracks.

Footnotes

External links


Pootie Tang
File:Pootie
Movie poster for Pootie Tang
Directed by Louis C.K.
Produced by Caldecot Chubb
David Gale
Ali LeRoi
Chris Rock
Written by Louis C.K.
Starring Lance Crouther
J. B. Smoove
Jennifer Coolidge
Wanda Sykes
with Robert Vaughn
and Chris Rock
Music by QD3
Prince Paul (additional music)
Studio MTV Films
Chris Rock Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 29, 2001
Running time 70 min.
Language English
Budget $3 million
Gross revenue

$3,313,583

Pootie Tang is an American comedy film written and directed by Louis C.K. and released in 2001. It was adapted from a comedy sketch that first appeared on The Chris Rock Show. The character Pootie Tang is a satire of the stereotyped characters who appeared in old blaxploitation films. His speech, which vaguely resembles pidgin, is mostly unintelligible to the audience, but the other characters in the film have no problem understanding him.

Contents

Plot

Pootie Tang, born in "a small city outside of Gary, Indiana", is portrayed as a ladies' man who is "too cool for words" even as a young child. His life is marked by the deaths of his mother Momma Dee and, shortly thereafter, his father Daddy Tang, the latter of whom dies after being mauled by a gorilla during his shift at the steel mill (which was not the first time that someone had suffered that particular fate). Just before Daddy Tang's death, Pootie inherits his father's belt and is told that he can "whoop anyone's ass with just that belt."

As a young adult, Pootie Tang rises to fame and becomes well-known for a variety of reasons. He sings in night clubs, stars in public service announcements for children, produces top-of-the-charts music hits, and generally defeats wrongdoers with the power of his belt.

Dick Lecter, the CEO of multi-industrial conglomerate LecterCorp, learns of Pootie Tang's positive influence on society - and his negative influence on Lecter's bottom line. After his henchmen and a truly vile villain named Dirty Dee are sent away by Pootie's friends, Lecter encourages his right-hand lady, Ireene, to seduce Pootie Tang into signing an agreement with LecterCorp that would stop Pootie Tang's influence on America's children.

Pootie Tang falls for Ireenie's tricks and subsequently falls apart. His status as pop culture icon is destroyed, and he engages on a quest to "find [him]self," This journey is encouraged by Biggie Shortie, who promises to wait for Pootie to return to her and to the rest of society. Pootie moves to a farm for a while, where the local sheriff decides Pootie and his daughter should start dating. After his single corn stalk dies, he has a vision of Daddy Tang and Momma Dee. Daddy Tang reveals that there is nothing special about Pootie's belt; instead, Pootie must fight evil with the goodness that is inside him. Pootie realizes he must move back to the city and fight crime once again.

Pootie Tang returns to the city just as Dick Lecter is unveiling the first of his new restaurant chain, "Pootie's Bad Time Burgers." At a small news conference, Pootie confronts Lecter only to discover that Lecter has amassed dozens of "Pootie-alikes" who will spread the message of LecterCorp around the nation. Pootie Tang, with the help of Biggie Shortie, defeats all of these henchmen and Lecter himself. Good triumphs over evil once again, and Biggie Shortie finally gets her man: she and Pootie Tang plan to get married now that Pootie is back. Elsewhere, Dick Lecter leaves corporate life and becomes an actor, Ireenie leaves him and becomes a counselor helping at-risk teenage ho's, and Dirty Dee is still dirty because he's Dirty Dee, damn it!

Reaction

Critical reaction was mostly negative, with Rotten Tomatoes only gauging 28 percent positive reviews.[1] Roger Ebert gave it a one-half star rating, criticizing it for excessive use of vulgar language and demeaning portrayal of women, and finishing his review by bluntly stating "This film is not in a releaseable condition".[2] Nathan Rabin at The Onion A.V. Club said Pootie Tang "borders on audience abuse" and "confuse[s] idiocy for absurdity and randomness for wit".[3]

Kevin Murphy however, in his book A Year at the Movies, praised the film, saying:

"Pootie Tang crosses all cultural barriers to become the dumbest movie I've seen in an entire generation. But it is also funny as hell...Pootie Tang strives for the dumbness it achieves, a feat few films can do...this is a good kind of dumb. Like mooning. Like a cat falling off a table."[4]

Cultural references

At the end of the horror film spoof Scary Movie 3, the aliens claim they watched a cursed video tape that spurred their visits to Earth because they thought it was Pootie Tang. In the movie Scary Movie 4, many characters argue about this film.

In the TV show The Bernie Mac Show, Chris Rock goes to a poker game at Bernie Mac's house. A player remarks that he really enjoyed Pootie Tang, to which Rock replies that "even [his] momma didn't see Pootie Tang".

Also in the episode "the talk" Wanda's friend tells Bernie that she was in the video store and she saw Bernie on the cover of Pootie Tang. Bernie tells her it wasn't him but she insists that it was.

Cast

Soundtrack

A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on June 16, 2001 by Hollywood Records. It peaked at #51 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #22 on the Top Soundtracks.

Footnotes

External links



Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Pootie Tang is a 2001 cult comedy film, directed by Louis C.K. The film was adapted from a comedy sketch which first appeared on The Chris Rock Show. The character Pootie Tang is a satire of the stereotyped characters who appeared in old blaxploitation films. His speech is mostly unintelligible to the audience, but the other characters in the film have no problem understanding him.

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Pootie Tang

  • Sepatown!
  • Capachow.
  • Dirty Dee, you a baddy daddy lamatai tebby chai!
  • Sa da tay!
  • Baby, I'm going to sine your pitty on the runny kine!

Others

  • Trucky: It was incredible! Only the third time a man had been mauled by a gorilla at that steel mill!
  • Biggie Shorty: Just 'cause a girl like to dress fancy and stand on the street corner near some whores, you automatically think she's hookin'?
  • Trucky: You can't hurt a ho with a belt... they like that shit.
  • Trucky: He was rejuvenated. You hear that? Rejuvenated. He was juvenated before, lost it... and got juvenated again. Rejuvenated!
  • Dirty Dee: Yeah! Hahahaha! Capatown my ass!
  • Trucky: Dirty Dee is still dirty because he's Dirty Dee, dammit!

Dialogue

J.B.: Pootie Tang will draw you a picture of how he's gonna kick your ass, then mail it to you ten days in advance. The picture gets there, right? You go, "What the hell is this?" Then Pootie Tang knocks on your door, promptly kicks your ass, and you still won't know what happened to you!
Trucky: Got that right. He is a kick-ass artiste, know what I'm sayin'?. He like the da Vinci of ass-kickin'. What's that gonna be, right? Pootie Tang — the da Vinci of Ass-Kickin'!
J.B.: Aw man, Pootie Tang whoop your ass so bad that you could write it off on your taxes, that's right. You got right here: ass-whoopin' number one, ass-whoopin' number two, this right here, you can't write that off. That's just gettin' beat up.
Lacey: You know, I'd like to also add that Pootie Tang can kick some ass too, boy.

Dirty Dee: Pootie Tang! I come to call you out, maggoty eatin' bitch!
Pootie Tang: You ain't come one, but many time tanies!

Pootie Tang: Cole me on the panny sty.
Bob Costas: ...I'm sorry. What was that?
Pootie Tang: Cole — Cole me on the panny sty.
Bob Costas: What the hell are you talking about?
Pootie Tang: ...Cole me down on the panny sty?
Bob Costas: Oh, cole me down on the panny sty! All right!

Pootie Tangisms

Although Pootie Tang speaks in a completely unintelligible jive, everyone he meets seems to understand him. Here are some examples of his vocabulary:

"Bammies." many interpretations and usages, yet usually refers to normal acquaintances
"Sa Da Tay." generally positive interpretations
"Wa Da Tah." many interpretations and usages, yet usually is a confirmation statement like "that's for sure!"
"Capatown." many interpretations and usages, yet in many instances means "Calm down now" in a friendly manner
"Don't bane the dillies!" may be either a euphemism for "practice safe sex" or "stop gang violence" (not actually said by Pootie, but said by announcer in one of Pootie's PSAs)
"Tipi Tais." generally accepted as "kids" or "children"
"Dirty Dee, you're a baddy daddy lamatai tabby chai!" a threat, an insult, or both
"What's the Dabble Dee?" generally accepted as "What's the matter?"
"May I dane on your cherries, Mama Dee?" "Mother, would it be acceptable for me to have some more peas?"
"Main Damie." generally accepted as "Best Friend"
"Well Bob, I'm a pone tony." explains his achievement in many diverse fields
"I'm going to sine your pitty on the runny kine!" a warning to his enemies of impending punishment; also used to smooth-talk the ladies
"My Dilly." seems to refer to a female "Damie"; he refers to Biggie Shorty as his Dilly
"Nay-no" "no," as in "I gotta say the Nay-no, my brotha"
"Cole me down on the panny sty" Pootie's way of indicating complicity and friendship in his listener
"Cole me on the panny sty." Almost identical to the above, but gravely different in meaning. "Cole me on the panny sty" is insultingly nonsensical, as shown by the reaction of Bob Costas.
"You ain't come one, but many tine tanies" Pootie's way of saying "You didn't just bring yourself, you brought your whole crew to back you up", implying cowardice towards his listener







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