Pootie Tang originated as a sketch from the late-night HBO program The Chris Rock Present the place Louis C.Okay. was a employees author. Louis tailored the sketch into an specific screenplay which depicted Pootie as a violent vigilante, however when Paramount Photos purchased the rights, they insisted that Louis re-work the title character right into a extra constructive hero determine.
The movie’s manufacturing was marred by the conflict between its author/director and its manufacturing studio. Paramount Photos was confused and annoyed by C.Okay.’s imaginative and prescient for Pootie Tang, ultimately taking away all management from Louis and the movie’s authentic editor earlier than chopping up the footage right into a jumbled, 81-minute mess of a film.
Roger Ebert described the outcome as “Inexplicable”, in his half-star evaluate, saying, “You watch in puzzlement: How did this prepare wreck occur? How was this film assembled out of such ill-fitting items? Who thought it was humorous? Who thought it was completed? For that matter, was it completed?” Ebert brutally and hilariously famous that, “The press notes say it comes ‘from the comedy laboratory of HBO’s Emmy Award-winning “Chris Rock Present.”’ It is like a type of lab experiments the place the room smells like swamp gasoline and all of the mice are useless.”
The movie stars longtime Chris Rock collaborator Lance Crouther as Pootie Tang, a streetwise crime fighter, musician, and pottery maker born in a small city exterior Gary, Indiana referred to as Chicago. Pootie Tang speaks solely in an incomprehensible Airplane!-esque speech sample, and he beats his enemies together with his signature belt left to him by his deceased father who was killed in a metal mill accident (as in, a wild gorilla murdered him in a metal mill).
Pootie Tang ruffles the feathers of criminals and firms alike, drawing the ire of drug kingpin Soiled Dee and his sidekick Froggy (performed by Reg E. Cathey and J.D. Williams of The Wire fame) in addition to LecterCorp, an evil conglomerate bent on hooking America’s inner-city youth on their burgers, cigarettes, and whiskey. Pootie writes hit songs, he events, and he loves the women – somewhat an excessive amount of, since he ultimately will get seduced and tricked into signing away his picture rights to LecterCorp by their henchwoman Ireniee, performed by the incomparable Jennifer Coolidge.