|B.A.P.S. (1997; New Line Cinema)|
Two waitresses (Halle Berry and Natalie Desselle) from the suburbs of Atlanta decide to move to L.A. to make it big in Hollywood. They dream of opening a beauty shop that doubles as a restaurant specializing in soul food. They try to get work in the entertainment industry for money in the meantime and ultimately end up trying to scam a wealthy elderly man (Martin Landau) out of a fortune.
This is one of the most offensive films ever made. It really is. It depicts its two leads as dimwitted but conniving, loudmouthed and gaudy, and it depicts most of the remaining characters as snobbish and/or just plain stupid. The screenplay relies on ruthless stereotypes that aren’t funny, they are just plain vitriolic. This is a mean-spirited film as it treats its characters as fools and assumes its target audience is dumb enough to find this muck funny. Well, they were dead wrong. This one was a flop. American audiences found it offensive and critics universally bashed it.