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All About the Benjamins

Released: 2002

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Kevin Bray

Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan, Carmen Chaplin, Valarie Rae Miller, Roger Guenveur Smith, Anthony Michael Hall

Bucum Jackson is a maverick bounty hunter who refuses to take on a partner. His current assignment is finding Reggie Wright, a slippery con artist. This is not the first time the pair has been on opposite sides of the law, but this time, Bucum’s wild pursuit lands them both in the middle of a multi-million dollar diamond heist. Reggie unexpectedly finds himself in the back of a getaway van driven by cold-hearted jewel thieves. After escaping the van, it seems things are starting to look up for Reggie when his recently purchased lottery ticket turns out to be the winner of a $60 million jackpot. Unfortunately, the winning ticket is in Reggie’s lost wallet in the back of the getaway van. With the diamonds and the lottery ticket at stake, and their futures on the line, Bucum and Reggie embark on a wild ride of a partnership that is “all about the Benjamins.”

You won't miss the story's only decent joke.

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 8 years ago

With its colorful Miami setting, Kevin Bray's ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS wants to be a violent "Miami Vice" with all-black leads. It gets the setting right but little else in this action comedy about a bounty hunter named Bucum Jackson. As the bounty hunter, Ice Cube gives a likeable performance in a terminally lame movie.

The story has Bucum trying to collar Reggie Wright (Mike Epps), who "goes to jail more than Robert Downey, Jr." Reggie, a perpetual screw-up, loses his girlfriend's winning sixty million dollar lottery ticket. This produces a subplot in which Reggie tries to recover the ticket. Along the way, the script gives the actors dialog that serves only to mark time. "You know what I'm sayin'? You know what I'm sayin'?" is typical of Reggie's paragraph punctuations.

Just so that you won't miss the story's only decent joke, I need to point out that Bocum is pronounced "Book 'em." Now that you have savored the movie's one laugh there is no longer any need to waste your money on a ticket.

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS runs 1:30. It is rated R for "strong violence, pervasive language and brief sexuality" and would be acceptable for older teenagers.