Fast-talking con man Jamal Walker has big-time plans--but for now he\'s stuck in a menial job at a medieval theme park. After slipping into the park\'s fetid \"moat,\" Jamal finds himself in 14th century England--a world of knights in shining armor, a wicked king and damsels in distress. The Middle Ages will never be the same after Jamal uses his 21st Century street smarts and attitude to help a down-and-out knight and a beautiful woman defeat an evil king.
An accidental plunge into the filthy moat of the medieval theme park where he works sends Martin Lawrence's character Jamal back to the year 1328 where he leads a rebellion against the evil king. Jamal is appalled by 14th-century sanitation, while the residents of the castle in which he finds himself don't know what to make of his dancing style until (in the movie's sole amusing sequence) he teaches them to get down and funky. As a comic actor, Mr. Lawrence is no Eddie Murphy or Jim Carrey, and even the off-color humor feels wan and second-hand. — Stephen Holden
2001-11-21 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Black Knight