Black Knight
Black Knight
PG-13 | 21 November 2001 (USA)
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Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, an employee in Medieval World amusement park. After nearly drowning in the moat, he awakens to find himself in 14th century England.


I love this movie so much


Perfect cast and a good story


Fanciful, disturbing, and wildly original, it announces the arrival of a fresh, bold voice in American cinema.

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Usamah Harvey

The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.

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Python Hyena

The Black Knight (2001): Dir: Gil Junger / Cast: Martin Lawrence, Tom Wilkinson, Marsha Thomason, Daryl Mitchell, Kevin Conway: There is no reason to see this film unless one finds the sight of someone swallowing a mouthful of horse manure to be funny. It is an utterly useless comedy with a racial title. It stars Martin Lawrence as a theme park employee who sees a mysterious gold object in the water, which sucks him into a world where knights prowled the grounds and castles towered the horizons. He sees it as an act until he witnesses a beheading. After fainting he awakens in a castle ruled by a tyrant King for which he ends up entertaining using modern music. Boring comedy trudging in formula waste and predictable gutters. Directed by Gil Junger who made the much better, but not by much Ten Things I Hate About You, although viewers may come up with more than ten reasons to hate this film. The production is decent enough but the screenplay is a formula miss. Lawrence is reciting his regular comic routine with predictable results. We know that he will make a difference in the lives of the civilians using his modern touch and we don't care. Tom Wilkinson is a sorry sight as the King. There is the stereotypical slave girl whom Lawrence sleeps with. He also beds the King's daughter for good measure. This film should be a black mark on his career. Score: 2 / 10

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This is absolutely my FAVOURITE Movie. I enjoyed it when I was 13, and I still enjoy it now that I'm 25. I Think it is very creative, and was just a great idea. Martin Lawrence is just awesome, he's got a great ability to add his own funny habits and actions to films, and it really pays off in this movie. I think its very funny, and pokes fun at the medieval lifestyle of the past and over all it just has a very good premise and I believe this is a very underrated comedy. Of the people I have recommended this movie, most have come back with high opinions.This is not a boring, humorless persons type of film, You have to be able to have a laugh without taking things too seriously to enjoy this.Whingy old men should keep there distance.

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Steve Pulaski

A loud-mouth urbanite (Martin Lawrence), who is a maintenance worker at a medieval theme park sees a shiny medallion in the park's mote, reaches for it, falls into the water, and is transported to 14th Century England where he must join the rebels and overthrow the corrupt king while getting the girl of his dreams.This is the premise for Black Knight, a comedy that is just as loud and annoying as its lead character. The film's flaws can be attributed to a remarkably cliché and tired script that somehow took a trio of writers to formulate, but a decent amount of the blame can be put on Martin Lawrence in addition. We've seen actors liven up stale material in the past, but here, Lawrence seems to quiver under the blatant asinine qualities of the film's script, resorting to almost infantile behavior - shouting, running around, and acting like a child. Consider the opening scene, which is a close-up of Lawrence's face as he obnoxiously brushes his teeth and flosses in the mirror, while dancing around his bathroom. I see this as only a desperate attempt at character development.However, Black Knight shoots for the stars, and while it falls vastly short of its goal, it managed to get me to laugh a few times. However, they were mostly towards the beginning, when Lawrence was first transported to the 14th Century. The idea of this loud-mouth buffoon adjusting to the life of centuries past sounds cute enough, and at first, Lawrence's outbursts and quirky comments are actually kind of funny. However, as the film goes on, Lawrence's face transcends to almost disbelief, as if he realized that this project is doomed financially and comically.The issue comes from the humor, which is entirely predicated off of the fish-out-of-water cliché of a character being taken out of his typical environment (in this case, the South Central hood) and placed somewhere entirely different either by choice or accident (14th Century England here). The film's formula goes as followed: cherrypick elements from the time period such as executions, the lack of plumbing, and knights and warriors riding horseback and throw Lawrence's sassy urban character into them and have him either shout random one-liners or bouts of disgust while taking part in them.The film mercilessly plods along at ninety-five minutes, exhausting every possible plot-device and event possible in the story. This may, however, be a good thing because it maybe means that I won't have to sit through another film quite like this for a very long time.Starring: Martin Lawrence, Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson, and Kevin Conway. Directed by: Gil Junger.

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The latest Martin Lawrence comedy "The Black Knight" is a thinly-disguised version of the classic Mark Twain novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." Sadly, "10 Things I Hate About You" director Gil Junger and his trio of clueless scenarists, Darryl Quarles of "Big Momma's House" and Peter Gaulke & Gerry Swallow of "Say It Isn't So," have miserably bungled a promising premise. Considering that these screenwriters have written such entertaining epics, you'd have thought they could salvage something from this mess. Alas, they fail. If you want to see what "The Black Knight" should have been, rent the hilarious Jean Reno French comedy "The Visitors" (1993) or the more recent American rendition "Just Visiting" (2000). Meanwhile, poor Martin Lawrence appears acutely out of place in this moronic medieval mishmash, and the laughs appear few and far between. The chief problem with "Black Knight" is Martin doesn't perform enough memorably funny routines. For the record, the only two jokes that work are Martin's '911--White man down' gag and his Rodney King impersonation. The other problem with this uninspired but harmless time-travel comedy is the sketchy, superficial characters that the talented cast struggle to flesh out. Nothing in "The Black Knight" remotely measures up to the merriment in any of his last three, giggle-inducing show-stoppers: "Blue Streak," "Big Momma's House," or "What's The Worse Thing That Can Happen." Generally, I look forward to each new Martin comedy, but even the previews for this farce augured ill for the comedian."The Black Knight" opens on a banal note as homeboy Jamal Walker ( Martin Lawrence) tweezers out an offending nose hair. What is the point of watching Jamal go through his hygienic regime, especially after the preview has strangled the spontaneity out of this lifeless gag? Anyway, Jamal be-bops off to work in his late-model ride to his job at a third-rate fantasy theme park called Medieval World Family Fun Center. What are African-Americans doing running a theme park that celebrates white supremacy? Jamal and his gruff female boss Mrs. Bo stick (Isabell Monk of "Sugar & Spice") have an adversarial relationship that is never developed beyond the usual clichés. Inexplicably, she has high hopes for Jamal over her other workers The bad news that Bostick delivers to them is that they are about to face rival competition from another medieval-oriented theme park due to open its doors soon. Jamal suggests Mrs. Bostick quit while she is ahead, take what money she has left, and head off to Miami Beach. Staunchly, she refuses to give in and sends ungrateful Jamal off to do some more ¯dirty work. While our hero is dredging debris out of a fake grungy castle moat at the entrance to the park, Jamal spots a shimmering gold medallion just beneath the surface. As he reaches for it, he looses his footing and plunges headlong into its grimy depths and gets sucked into a vortex. No sooner has Jamal hauled himself out of the drink than he finds himself face-to-face a tall drunken knight, Sir Knolte (Tom Wilkinson of "Rush Hour"). Sir Knolte has exiled himself, because he failed to help his Queen (Helen Carey) save her throne from an evil tyrant, King Leo (Kevin Conway of "Thirteen Days") and his despicable right-hand henchman Sir Percival (Vincent Conway of "Black Beauty"). Things are pretty bad when the filmmakers don't even give the Queen a name beyond her generic title! During their initial encounter, Sir Knolte keels over and lies apparently dead. Jamal revives him by spraying breath freshener down his throat, and Knolte bolts upright alive. He congratulates Jamal for saving h is life. Gee, were these screenwriters stretching?! Believing that he is still in his own time zone, Jamal leaves an indebted Knolte and shuffles off in search of the freeway only to discover a genuine castle. Initially, King Leo mistakes Jamal for a Moorish ambassador sent by the Duke of Normandy to herald his impending marriage to Leo's nymphomaniac daughter Princess Regina (newcomer Jeannette Weegar) rather than a 21st century African-American custodian. The mix-up occurs because Jamal told a pair of unsavory castle guards that he is from Normandie Street in South Central, Los Angeles. Immediately, Leo welcomes Jamal with open arms. Not long afterward, Jamal saves Leo's life from an assassination, and Leo lets him choose the maiden of his choice to bed down with. Jamal takes a shine to one of the king's foxy handmaidens, Victoria (Marsha Thomason of "Priest"), who believes Jamal has come to depose King Leo. Pardon by medieval ignorance, but were Moors that prevalent in 14th century castles? "The Black Knight" is so pathetically predictable you can guess what's going to happen long before it does. Jamal relies on football tactics to reclaim the Queen's throne. Indeed, they build the sled that coaches have players tackle. Meanwhile, wicked Percival resolves to skewer Jamal on his sword when the real Norman emissary shows up. Naturally, by the time this happens, King Leo's randy daughter has bedded down with Jamal and he winds up in the dungeon with the other revolutionaries who praise his strategy. Another flaw in the mediocre script is Jamal takes far too long to realize he's stuck in 1328 A.D., especially when he checks out the privy. Other flaws involve the use of arrows. Evidently, a villainous character can take an arrow in the chest and die, while a heroic character can survive one! Director Gil Junger and his scribes have forged an unfunny, fish-out-of-water farce that doesn't exploit Martin Lawrence's improvisatory comic genius. Alas, Lawrence cannot compete with the Looney Tunes cartoon variation on this plot where Bugs Bunny was "A Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur's Court." Skip this nonsense!

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