All About the Benjamins (2002)

Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Tommy Flanagan, Carmen Chaplin,
A bounty hunter chases and catches suspects all over Miami . He ends up getting shot at and start to second guess his job as a bounty hunter . While he feels he need to be making more and having real money . Meanwhile Reggie Wright...
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7/10 / 10

All About the Benjamins (2002)

5 word summary

Enemies team up against criminal

A cool film. Ice Cube plays a similar character that he does in most ofhis films, the hard ass smart ass, but it works well with his role.Mike Epps also plays about the same as usual, but it also works reallywell. They both have pretty good comedic performances which along sidethe action directing makes a decent/ tolerable action comedy.

Its not a fantastic film by any means, and though I said they had goodcomedic performances, the acting wasn't that great. Personally I thinkEva Mendes and Tommy Flannigan acted better, but they still weren't attheir best. The directing and writing is also nothing special, it workshere, but that's about all you can say about it

All about the Benjamins is a pretty average and predictable actioncomedy but it was fun and funny. If you are a fan of Next Friday andFriday After Next, you will probably enjoy this "fourth installment."It's very similar in style and definitely similar performances by Cubeand Epps.


6/10 / 10

Though it may appear as a Friday style film, All About the Benjamins isfar from the comedy franchise as possible. Instead of being a slacker,buddy comedy, it's an action cop film similar to 48 Hours or BeverlyHills Cop. It isn't necessarily bad, but it takes a path I didn'texpect. How could you blame me for mistaking it was a straight forwardcomedy? It's in a four pack that includes all Ice Cube movies, and itstars Mike Epps as well. The same characters that portrayed Craig andDey Dey are in a movie that is included in a Friday four pack. Can't bethat far off.

Sadly, it takes the path and cliché of every cop movie out there.There's explosions, swearing, two friends, etc. It gets old very fast.There's not much new or fresh utilized here. If there is a low six starmovie rating, this is the one. It's not a five star film, but it's nota seven or eight star film. It's kind of tilting on the edge.

Bucum (Cube) is a bounty hunter who's goal is to get money to open hisown investigation firm. Reggie (Epps) is a con artist that somehowescaped Bucum's clutches three times. After winning big on the lottery,but losing the ticket in the back of a van with diamonds thieves, Bucumand Reggie have no choice but to work together to get the thieves andretrieve the lottery ticket so Reggie can claim his riches.

It reminds me of a film I watched not too long ago called LotteryTicket that also stars Cube, about a young man trying to survive aweekend with a $370 million lottery ticket the whole neighborhood isaware of. The only difference is the ticket never leaves the man'spossession. In this one they need to get it back.

The film has frequent chases and action moments, but I find themunappealing and just a little much. I would have liked less of the overexaggerated, played out action sequences and more of the witty dialog.Ice Cube and Mike Epps made a great duo in Next Friday and Friday AfterNext, and had numerous dialog scenes in the film that were utterlyhilarious and clever. This film relies too much on action movieclichés, and a drawn out plot. You know they'll retrieve the ticket,and most likely fight towards the end. The suspense is none.

You may say it's my fault for comparing the film too much to Friday,but I'm not analyzing the film based on my first impression. I'mgrading on behalf of the film's plot, characters action scenes, andsuspense. The film had everyone of those in decent context. But sodecent they were forgettable.

Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan, CarmenChaplin, Valarie Rae Miller, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Anthony MichaelHall. Directed by: Kevin Bray.

9/10 / 10

This was a another great partnership of Mike Epps and Ice Cube. Afterseeing"Next Friday", and having not stopped laughing yet. "All About TheBenjamins" was a must see, and I was not disappointed. Ice Cube hascertainly come a long way and is proving to be a very versatile actor. Ican't wait to see "Friday After Next". I'd pay full price to see "All Aboutthe Benjamins" again.

/ 10

After sitting through "All About the Benjamins" it's a real enjoyableaction/comedy. This is the story of a bounty hunter (Ice Cube, who alsoco-wrote with first-time screenwriter Ron Lang and co-produced) who's onthepursuit of a bail jumper ("Next Friday" co-star Mike Epps) and theirfootchase ends up at drop-off for a major diamond where the killers left afew dead bodies in the process. I'll admit Cube is really showing histalents as an actor, screenwriter, and producer. And, Epps, is realhilarious in this movie. Cubevision projects have been getting better. And,Ice Cube shows a lot more comedic talents than he did in the last two"Fridays". I also like the bad guys, especially the ring leader of theheist. I feel that this is one of the most plot-driven movies Ice Cube hasdone since "Players Club". And, if you look hard at "All About theBenjamins" it's not just an Ice Cube movie. It's an actor/screenwriterhardat work. But, only one thing this sounds more like a movie that would bereleased in the summer, not early spring.

7/10 / 10

I am becoming more and more a fan of Ice Cube's movies, he is really not abad writer or a director. I am not however so much of a fan of Mike Epps.Don't get me wrong, he is pretty funny, but something about his voice justbugs me....kind of like Dave Chapelle ("Half Baked"). The movie overallthough was fairly entertaining. My game ball for best acting goes to EvaMendes who played Epps' character's girlfriend Gina who wins the lotteryatthe beginning of the movie. Unfortunately for her, Reggie (Mike Epps)losesthe ticket while being chased by Bucum (Ice Cube). It becomes kind of arunning "gag" thorough the movie that he is always looking for his missinglottery ticket. I heard ahead of time that Tommy Flanagan was supposed toplay a different kind of tougher villain from Ice Cube, but frankly I wasnot impressed. With the exception of one scene where he cripples a guy, hedidn't seem especially threatening, and his accent was just getting on mynerves. Enclosing, I wouldn't run out and drop $10 to see it immediately,but it's more than entertaining for you and your stoner friends to have alaugh on a Sunday afternoon.