Anton Jackson is an African-American man who seems harmless enough on the surface, but is a secret agent in the all-black Brotherhood, an entity that levels the playing field against the all-white establishment. Partnered with the sassy, stunning Sistah Girl, our hero must first undergo the ultimate attitude adjustment and trade in his 'fro and platforms for tennis sweaters and penny loafers. Once the transformation is complete, he's ready to take on the evil perpetrators of Operation Whitewash--Mr Feather, Penelope Snow aka White She Devil, and, ultimately, The Man.
The title character of this short, lively spoof began his life as an Internet cartoon. As portrayed by Eddie Griffin, Undercover Brother, decked out in blaxploitation splendor with a mile-high afro and towering platform shoes, wages a heroic battle against The Man, who is not a metaphor for white power but an actual man. The satire is not altogether fresh, but the jokes are at once sufficiently clever and sufficiently silly to keep things moving, and to point up the ridiculousness of American racial politics. As one character remarks, "It's a proud day for black people of all races." — A. O. Scott
2002-05-31 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Undercover Brother