Paramount sat on Marci X for several years before unceremoniously releasing it in theaters last August. The film came and went without so much as making a blip at the box office, and the critics who did manage to see it during its very brief theatrical run were none too nice. Lisa Kudrow’s titular white girl offers career advice to the notoriously raunchy rapper Dr. S (Damon Wayans) after her father Ben (director Richard Benjamin) has a Congressionally-induced heart attack. When she falls in love with the rapper, they take their relationship woes straight to the Supreme Court, where they must justify the semantics of rap before the court of Sen. Mary Ellen Spinkle (Christine Baranski, in a performance straight out of “The Carol Burnett Show”). As written by Paul Rudnick (In & Out), Marci X lampoons C. Delores Tucker’s misguided 1996 attack on “gangsta rap” labels Death Row and Interscope, which released records by 2Pac, Snoop Dogg and others, and finds home for parodies of Suge Night, Puff Daddy, Jennifer Lopez and boy bands. Critic Armond White defends the film’s satire in his excellent Africana review, and though there’s no denying Rudnick’s grasp of pop culture and the complex relationship between music and politics (gender, racial and governmental), Marci X is a sketch comedy that misses more than it hits. And not unlike Danny DeVito’s Death to Smoochy, the worst thing that can be said about it is that it’s a good decade too late.
No supplemental materials, which means that the look of the video should have improved noticeably as a result, except Paramount has included both widescreen and full-frame presentations on the same disc. What could have been a remarkable transfer is merely an excellent one. The Dolby Digital surround, though, will give it to you in the butt.
Good transfer but no supplemental materials. Strictly for die-hard fans of La Kudrow.