"Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor stars as a scrappy young man from South Central Los Angeles who plots to become the first black member of an all-white college fraternity in order to recover a stash of stolen money hidden in the flophouse-turned-frat house before his crazy, gun-wielding uncle gets there first." That is the official description for Where's The Money, now available in select theaters as well as on DVD and Digital from Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.
You might think from the description that Where's The Money would be a hilarious non-stop comedy... unfortunately, it's not. The film starts off well enough by introducing some of the main characters and setting the stage for the overall story. Del (Andrew Bachelor) runs a family gym in South Central Los Angeles with his mother Roberta (Retta) that was started by his father (Mike Epps) and his uncle Leon (Terry Crews). A few years back his father and uncle decided to rob a bank, but they got caught and were sent to prison. Since then the gym has been losing money and is about to go bankrupt. Del then finds out from his father that although they got caught, they didn't give up the money. They managed to stash away one million dollars in an old flophouse. In order to save the gym, Del needs to recover the money, but there's a twist, actually two twists. Del's uncle Leon recently broke out of prison and is on the hunt for the money himself, and the old flophouse is now a frat house.
So Del, his best friend Juice (Allen Maldonado) and romantic crush Alicia (Kat Graham) come up with a plan for Del to rush the all-white fraternity Kappa Alpha Chi, get access to the house's basement and retrieve the money. What happens next should be a funny ride through a series of comedic scenes, but instead we get a lot of race related jokes that really aren't amusing. There are a few somewhat funny moments, but there was only one scene where I laughed out loud. That was when one of the frat boys was blind folded and was licking a furry rat. Obviously, he thought he was licking something else that might be furry, if you catch my drift... if not, watch the movie.
Since Where's The Money is a DVD release, there's not much to say about the technical aspects. Picture was clean and clear throughout and the audio track held up nicely with clear dialogue in every scene. Bonus features include audio commentary with actors Andrew Bachelor, Josh Brener, and Devon Werkheiser as well as director Scott Zabielski. There's a behind-the-scenes featurette that also includes actor interviews, a bloopers reel, and a number of deleted scenes.
Where's The Money starts off with a good plot, the acting is good, and everyone involved seemed to work well together. And while there were a few funny bits, the majority of comedic scenes are just not that funny.
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