21 October 2003 | Freebasedog
I'm Crazy as Heck about Crazy as Hell
Perhaps the greatest thing about Eriq LaSalle is what a massive tool he is. Just the fact that he spells his name with a Q is enough to make me fall in love with killing him. And although I very much enjoyed his early work as the Jerycurled Darryl in Coming to America or ICE in the non-hit "Rappin'" - there was still something about the old cat that made me want to molest his dead corpse.
However, La Salle has become quite a masterful director, debuting with the "super-awesome basketball street legend with too much 'tude to make in in the college system and too much of a smack habit to not be a drug addict who dies homeless and strung out" odyssey 'The GOAT' and then moving on to such projects as the acclaimed and crappy 'Soul Food the series' and of course Crazy as Hell...strangely enough all featuring Ronny Cox. Except Soul Food which features an unwarranted zero percent Ronny Cox. The other two feature Mr. Cox prominently - and rightly so. I like to think they're in love and maybe have a loft together uptown where they spend their time away from work baking cookies and enjoying the smooth relaxation provided only by the properly executed mixture aroma therapy and yoga. Anyway, getting back to the point, young Eriq's career as both hobbyist director and overpaid television actor was running along smoothly. So smoothly in fact, that he may have even been able to convince someone to let him make a real movie at some point. You know, like one of those crappy movie's where it doesn't matter who directs it because retards will like it anyway, like that new one with Denzel Washington or anything with Russell Crowe. Well, instead it seems that he thought he could just hire a bunch of other NBC actors and dress himself up like a weird pervert and make a psycho-super-natur-ological-thrill-ride that was a sure hit with people who's cable was out and were the last ones to get to the video store so this is all that was left in the new release section so they rented it because for some reason people now only value how new a film is rather than how awesome or not awesome it is.
Overall the movie is just a good as the cover, and La Salle may still be nominated for awards someday. Perhaps 'actor who you most wish was your real doctor' or 'president of the world' Now that this review has gone on way too long I'll provide a summary for the impatient ones that skip to the bottom. La-rent this film immediately, or better yet La-buy it for $9.99 at Wal-Mart. Then display the cover prominently on your mantle or even have it framed. But do not remove the DVD/VHS from the box.