is a 2001 comedy with Martin Lawrence
playing an slacker named Jamal Walker who works at a crappy theme park called Medieval World, which is about to be put out of business by a much higher-rated Castle World. While cleaning the moat, Jamal spots a golden necklace and, trying to reach it, falls in the water. He finds himself a Fish Out of Temporal Water
in Medieval England, although it takes him some time to realize that the castle he finds himself in is not Castle World. He accidentally passes himself off as the messenger from the Duke of Normandy, who seeks to marry King Leo's daughter and secure an alliance.
After finally figuring out that he's actually in The Dung Ages
, Jamal decides to play along lest he lose his head
. He also meets Victoria, a dark-skinned servant girl who turns out to be working for La Résistance
, whose goal is to kill Leo and restore the deposed queen to her rightful throne. King Leo quickly grows to like Jamal's odd ways and he even assigns him as the head of his personal guard, earning Jamal the ire of Percival. Eventually, Jamal is caught in bed with the princess and nearly executed, but the drunk Sir Knolte saves him and takes him to the La Résistance
camp. While in prison, he hears two other prisoners talk about the legendary Black Knight who breathes fire and rights wrongs.
At night, he blackens his armor and fashions a flamethrower out of a lighter. La Résistance
, led by Sir Knolte, storms the castle, but is surrounded by Percival's men. The pitched battle is interrupted by Jamal's arrival, although the dramatic entrance is marred by Jamal hitting his head and falling off the horse, his helmet falling off. King Leo attempts to escape, but the annoyed Percival pushed him off the castle wall. Percival shoots Sir Knolte with an arrow and takes Victoria hostage. Jamal, who has never fought with a sword, improvises using his sports knowledge and thoroughly whoops Percival's ass.
Percival is finished off by Sir Kolte, who kills him with the same arrow. Jamal is knighted by the Queen as Sir Jamal, the Black Knight, before a paramedic wakes him up with paddles. He uses the ideas of honor and courage he learned to convince his boss not to give up and turn Medieval World into a popular theme park. Six months later, he meets a girl named Nicky who looks exactly like Victoria. Trying to follow her, he trips and falls into the moat, getting up in the middle of the Colosseum with the lions chasing him.
The film contains examples of the following tropes:
- The Alcoholic: Sir Knolte became this after the Queen was deposed on his watch. He quickly snaps out of it thanks to Jamal.
- All Just a Dream: This is what Jamal figures his adventure was after being woken up with a defibrillator. Six months later, he can barely remember what happened.
- And You Were There: The first person Jamal sees after waking up is a paramedic who looks exactly like the Queen. Later, he meets his Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest Nicky, who is a dead ringer for Victoria.
- Arranged Marriage: King Leo has promised his daughter's hand to the Duke of Normandy in return for an alliance. However, when the Duke's (real) messenger finds out that the princess is no longer a virgin (Jamal is caught with her in bed, although he claims that she already lost her "flower"), he inform Leo that his Duke will no longer be interested in either the marriage or the alliance.
- Black Knight: Jamal sees a puppet show about the legendary figure and then a couple of prisoners tell him the story. He decides that La Résistance needs a symbol and becomes it.
- Black Vikings: Victoria, being a black woman living in Medieval Europe. Doesn't necessarily need a rational explanation though, if this was indeed All Just a Dream by Jamal.
- Calling Me a Logarithm: Jamal, in his typical manner, refers to Knolte as "dawg".
Sir Knolte: I am Sir Knolte of Marlborough, and I am not a dog.
- Clarke's Third Law: When about to be executed, Jamal tries to impress the locals by claiming to be a powerful sorcerer. He uses his lighter to make fire. A bored peasant replies that they already have fire.
- Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Six months after waking up, Jamal meets Nicky, who looks exactly like Victoria (whom he called Vicky) but has an over-the-top American accent. He has a sence of deja vu (he has forgotten those events like a dream) and assumes he knows her from his night classes as the community college. He does notice that Nicky has a scar on her neck that she doesn't remember getting, which matches were Percival drew Victoria's blood with his sword.
- Dragon Ascendant: During the battle, the scared King Leo demands that Percival save him at any cost. Percival, who has finally had enough of the guy, tells him to shut up and pushes him off the castle wall.
- The Dung Ages: Before he realizes he's actually in the past, Jamal gets a touch of this when he needs to go to the bathroom and sees what Medieval privies were like. He tells the confused squire that there's such a thing as too much realism.
- He's later disgusted when Victoria uses leeches to make him feel better.
- Earlier, he tries to get Victoria's number and asks for a pen and paper. Incredulous, Victoria asks if he can read and write. Jamal asks who she has been dating until now.
- There's also the royal dinner scene, where the disgusted Jamal watches how the king and the nobles eat (e.g. eating without utensils, farting, letting dogs lick their fingers).
- Eternal English: Jamal has little trouble communicating with Medieval Englishmen. At first, he tries using Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe but then quickly switches back to his normal speech when the locals are confused.
- Also, after ending up in Ancient Grome, the single spoken line is in English instead of Latin.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Jamal, a street-wise African-American slacker, finds himself in Medieval England.
- Foreign Queasine: After swimming out of the lake and still thinking he's in his own time, Jamal meets a homeless man (who turns out to be Sir Knolte) who offers him some dead forest animal. Jamal is disgusted. Later, though, he does get some normal food in the King's castle.
Sir Knolte: Are you hungry?
Jamal: What is that, man?
Sir Knolte: 'Tis food.
Jamal: 'Tis road kill, man! You know what? Get you some food stamps. Just tell them you doin' bad. You know what I mean?
- Immodest Orgasm: When needing to talk to Victoria, he has the guards ask for her for the night. While they're talking he has her do this trope so that the listening guards don't get suspicious.
- I'm Mr. Future Pop Culture Reference: Just for fun, Jamal has himself introduced to the court as Jamal "Sky" Walker.
- Insistent Terminology: Jamal really get tired of being called a Moor.
- A Little Something We Call "Rock and Roll": When asked to entertain King Leo with his "Norman" dance, Jamal ends up getting the minstrels to help him sing "Dance to the Music" by Sly and the Family Stone with the entire court getting up to dance.
- Mistaken for Special Guest: Jamal, who lives on Normandy St., is mistaken for the messenger from the Duke of Normandy. Later, the real messenger shows up.
- Off with His Head!: Jamal's wake-up call that he's not in Castle World comes when an executed rebel's head rolls to his feet. He picks it up thinking it's a prop and promptly faints.
- Rousing Speech: The Queen attempts one, only for the rebels to get bored. Jamal has more success.
- Sequel Hook: Jamal's second fall into the moat has him end up in Ancient Grome just before the credits roll.
- Smart People Play Chess: Jamal notices Percival and another soldier playing chess. He takes the soldier's place, figuring that Percival would be easy to beat. He loses in two moves.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: During his time in King Leo's court, Jamal tries to capitalize on his knowledge of the future by introducing fashions, ride-throughs (so that mounted knights can quickly get back to their raping and pillaging), and the Frappuccino.
- Token Minority Couple: Jamal and Victoria, the only two black people in this setting.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Still thinking he's auditioning for a job at Castle World, Jamal responds to King Leo's question in this manner.
Jamal: The duke will arriveth in all his royal pomposity and splendor on Tuesday.