Film / White Chicks

Marcus and Kevin Copeland (played by Marlon and Shawn Wayans, respectively) are brothers and FBI agents. After botching an undercover operation, they are saddled with the task of babysitting socialites Brittany and Tiffany Wilson, who are the targets of a kidnapping scheme. After a car accident leaves the girls with a few minor scratches that they consider disfiguring facial wounds, they refuse to go to their planned destination in the Hamptons, where a major FBI operation is covertly being set up to protect the girls and oust the kidnapper. Not wanting to lose their jobs, Marcus and Kevin decide their only option is to go undercover as the Wilson sisters. Hilarity Ensues.

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ambiguously Bi: Latrell. He drunkenly has sex with Russ, and when he learns "Tiffany" is really a man, he's more horrified to learn that he's black.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Latrell wakes up to find that he is sharing his bed with Russ.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Marcus' Wife, Gina. She even showed signs of this before Marcus went off on the case.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After Latrell gets shot, his right-hand man goes over to him and whips out a handkerchief, going "Don't worry, we'll get this stain right out."
  • Disguised in Drag: The Copeland brothers disguise themselves as the Wilson sisters in order to complete their mission.
  • Enemies Equals Greatness: Russ' quote:
    "Don't hate me 'cause you ain't me!"
  • Fun with Acronyms: The benefit dinner is called the Southampton Nuclear Opposition Benefit.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Latrell's line, "Once you go black, you're gonna need a wheelchair!" implies that he's too aggressive at sex with white girls, rendering them unable to walk—whether permanently or temporarily is left unrevealed.
    • Or, more likely, its a Biggus Dickus jokes, referencing the racial stereotype that black guys are bigger in bed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Latrell towards Marcus!Tiffany. He got better since he survived the shot.
  • Incredibly Conspicuous Drag: The Wayans brothers still look like two black men, but the disguise seems to fool everyone. Shawn Wayans himself admits to being a "very ugly woman" in the DVD Extras.
  • Large Ham: Terry Crews as Latrell Spencer. Probably the funniest part of the movie.
  • Meaningful Name: "Vandergeld" means "for the money" in Dutch.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: The Wilsons "suffer" some minor scrapes in a car accident, which snowballed into the main plot.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Brittany and Tiffany Wilson, for Paris and Nicky Hilton.
  • N-Word Privileges: Played for Laughs when the Copelands, in their disguises, listen to rap music in the car with the Wilsons' friends. The girls are horrified when the "Wilsons" say the n-word, until they explain that there's nobody around to hear them and that it's okay if it's in a song.
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Marcus pulls this on Latrell after he tries giving a ecstasy-laced drink to "her".