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Black Dynamite 2009 ***

Despite the best efforts of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez in Grindhouse and Machete, their efforts to create genre parody have fallen on deaf ears; a pity, because Scott Sanders’s 2009 comedy deserves a wave to surf. The fabulously earnest Michael Jai White is amongst the writers of this Blaxploitation parody, as Black Dynamite (White) launches a one-man war on his neighbourhood drug-peddlers, a mission he takes all the way to The White House and a tussle with President Nixon. Black Dynamite gets plenty of laughs in the Airplane/Kentucky Fried Movie–style, with boom mikes and stock footage providing constant reminders of the cheapness of the venture, negotiated with aplomb by a game cast enjoying the endlessly amusing joke.

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