Marci X

Marci X (2003)
Paramount Home Video
Cast: Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans, Christine Barnaski

Completely forgotten at the box office, ’Marci X’ is now making its DVD debut from Paramount Home Entertainment. While not exactly a comedy highlight, the movie is still not nearly as bad as many critics would have you believe. Starring Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans, the film shows clearly an irreverent ’In Living Color’ flair that seems to be off-putting to many people, while at the same time its phenomenally overdrawn stereotyped portrayal of the characters may threaten some others. Either way, though, I found it to be a funny movie with some great moments, and more importantly a nice commentary on the moronic peer-pressure, me-too society that too many of us subjugate to – black and white.

The film is about Marci (Lisa Kudrow) the heiress of a media conglomerate trying to safe her Dad’s empire when the politically-correct world (whatever that oxymoron may be) seems to be determined to bring it down based on the lewd outings of their star rap artist, Dr. S (Damian Wayans). As the worlds of the socialite and the street-wise gangsta rapper collide a battle ensues between them, as to who’s lifestyle is more ’real.’

Paramount has prepared a great transfer of the film for this DVD in its widescreen glory. Free of any defects and rich with detail, the transfer is always clean and clear. Colors are vibrant and the solid black levels render deep shadows that never break up. No distracting edge-enhancement is visible and the compression is also without flaws.

The sound track is powerful with good use of the surround channels. Presented as a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel mix it is dynamic and offers a wide frequency response. No distortion is evident and the dialogues are well-integrated to make sure they are never drowned out by the music or sound effects.

’Marci X’ is clearly not everyone’s bag, but I enjoyed this trip into the pathetic ineptness of our culture. Your mileage may vary, though, but enjoy it for what it is. A funny look at ourselves and the mindless pop-culture we surround ourselves with.