This week on the B movie docket is I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
B movies are the glue stuck in between all the other genres, oftentimes refusing to conform to any particular genre presets. Some but not all of the hallmarks of a B movie include scripts that read like they were written by a room full of eighth-graders, poor visual effects, cringe-inducing dialogue, low budget production design, and zany plot contrivances. You’re aware of the hallmarks, right? B-movies often reek of amateur flair. Thought you were about to watch a great white shark hunted in dramatic fashion like only Steven Spielberg can deliver? Nope, this is Sharknado.
Why do we love B movies? I think B movies are comforting. You know what you’re about to watch is bad. If you’re fortunate it may be so bad that it’s good. You’ll often scratch your head trying to work out the plot. Out of the many good films you’ve seen, I bet you can talk with more vigor about the worst ones you’ve seen. They’re unforgettable. There’s something comforting about that I think. Besides they’ve been around just as long as the movie industry.
Believe it or not, chances are there’s a B movie for you. So I compiled a list of 50 B movies you must see before you die. No decade is off-limits. No rating is too taboo. For the next 49 weeks, I will introduce and recommend a B movie for your viewing pleasure. Yes, these are exciting times indeed my fanatical friends.
WEEK 38 – I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
This week’s B movie should have been on this list some time ago. But they may be just how I feel about every B movie. Before I go any further, I will say this: A family full of midgets is not a family. It’s a gang. Thanks to Jack Spade, I will never forget that. For better or worst.
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka was released way back in 1988. It is certainly one of my favorite B movies. It features an all star cast of comedic talent as well.
Our main baddie Mr. Big is played by none other than the legendary late John Vernon. He may be best remembered as Dean Wormer from Animal House. And because every great villain needs a henchman, Mr. Big’s has two: Willie and Leonard played by Kadeem Hardison and Damon Wayans. Harrison may be best known for his role on the 1990’s television series A Different World. Wayans most iconic roles were In Living Color Homie Da Clown and The Last Boy Scouts as Jimmy.
The good guys are made of an eclectic bunch of actors. Taking center stage in a leading role is Keenen Ivory Wayans. He plays Jack Spade. Recently returned home from service in the military. The supporting good guys include none other than the late Bernie Casey. You might remember him from the amazing Under Siege movie where he played Commander Harris.
This is one movie that is full of great characters. From midgets hiding out inside giant hats atop the heads of pimps. To a girl named Cherry that is fully comfortable stripping down to reveal a peg leg. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka has a plethora of memorable scene stealers.
You don’t want to miss the moment that comedian Chris Rock debates with a store clerk over the price of buying a single rib instead of a rib platter. Did I mention the store clerk is played by the voice of South Park’s Chef? Yes, the very same baritone voiced crooner responsible for helping get couples in the mood. Sir Isaac Hayes. But in this movie, he plays one piece to the intricate set Jack Spade will need to assemble in order to take down Mr. Big.
Jack Spade’s moma ain’t no slouch either. She shows just why she has the womb that held baby Jack Spade, and kick’s several @%%’s. Only one-woman could’ve so effectively combined charisma, machismo, and love. She was Ja’Net DuBois. Most famously known for her role as Willona Woods on Good Times. Director Keenan Ivory Wayans certainly put together a dynamite cast.
This film rolls out a nonstop barrage of laughs. From the jump we are introduced to the MacGuffin of the movie. It is a police scene in the hood. The victim lays there sprawled out, surrounded by white chalk, bystanders, and the boys in blue. The manner of death is determined as OG. Not OD. See he did not overdose on drugs. His death was caused by the drug of greed. The sort of greed that makes someone compulsively buy gold chains and medallions. The weight of the gold eventually killed the young man. Thus, he OG’d.
Soon we find out that this very same young man is the brother of Jack Spade. Newly returned from military service and looking to clean up the streets that raised him. Jack Spade methodically aligns himself with other forces of good to take down Mr. Big. The great thing about this is every force equals an entertaining actor.
After Jack Spade’s late brother has a funeral for OG’ing. We learn from the always amazing John Witherspoon. God rest his soul. But we meet John Witherspoon at the funeral for the dearly departed Spade’s brother Junebug. Witherspoon is great as the reverend presiding over the funeral.
Unfortunately Junebug died while indebted to the lowlife Mr.Big. To make sure his family pays up, Mr.Big sends in two of his henchmen Willie and Leonard. These two are a comedy goldmine within this B movie. There is an endearing humility about these dumb @%% thugs.
But Jack Spade does not take too kindly to anyone trying to bully his family. For Jack Spade, that is strike three for Mr. Big. First there were the deaths by OG in the hood, next the OG death of Junebug, and finally the mistake to send Willie and Leonard to collect. Jack Spade is ready to turn the city into a warzone. But first he will need allies.
And that’s the things really get funny. Because director Keenan Ivory Wayans has assembled a city that is full of complicated tragically humorous characters. I recommend you watch I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.