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Thursday, April 10, 2003

Griffin done?

Movie: DysFunKtional Family

Posted on Thu, Apr 10, 2003 at 4:00 AM

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DysFunKtional Family
Studio: Miramax Films
Website: http://www.miramax.com/dysfunktional_family/
Release Date: 2003-04-04
Cast: Eddie Griffin
Director: George Gallo
Screenwriter: Eddie Griffin
WorkNameSort: DysFunKtional Family
Our Rating: 2.00

Just when you thought "The Original Kings of Comedy" made theaters safe for the stand-up concert film, along comes Eddie Griffin's "DysFunktional Family" to trigger flashbacks of "You So Crazy" cringes. Like every comic, Griffin explores his own life onstage, and "DysFunktional" too infrequently intercuts his stand-up, shot in his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., with footage of Griffin with his family. From these brief glimpses--and his too few physical-comedy moments captured here--Griffin is much better than his tired "What if Bill Cosby was a pimp?" skits, Muslim jokes, and his backhanded props to homosexual men for being able to take it in the can with a smile on their face. In fact, though he did bring the funny to such broad comedies as "The New Guy" and "Undercover Brother," Griffin has displayed better timing and wit on talk shows and Howard Stern. One last warning: From the director who brought you "Double Take."

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