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Film / Marci X

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Marci X is a 2003 American romantic comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin, written by Paul Rudnick, and starring Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans.

Marci Feld (Kudrow), a spoiled Jewish American Princess, is forced to take control of her father's hardcore rap label, Felony Assault, when her father Ben suffers a stress-induced heart attack due to the controversy surrounding one of the label's songs by controversial rapper Dr. S (Wayans). To rescue her father's plummeting stock, Marci attempts to tone down the rapper's bad-boy image. Over time, the unlikely pair falls in love, just as conservative senator Mary Ellen Spinkle (Christine Baranski) vows to banish Dr. S and his offensive lyrics from the airwaves forever.


This film provides examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • A prominently black nightclub has a pretty good-humored reaction to Marci and her friends' spontaneous Kenyan dance.
    • If Senator Spinkle's goofy as hell dance to Dr. S's mixtape is any indication, she does find some appeal on Dr. S's music. She's still determined to boycott his albums, however.
  • Black Is Bigger in Bed: Guess what response Marci gets when she asks S how different it is when black people have sex.
  • Break the Haughty: Marci gets a taste of the thug lifestyle when she's unjustly arrested and thrown in jail for a crime she didn't commit.
  • Camp Gay: The local Boy Band Boys 'R' Us, who dresses in pink versions of Village People costumes in the epilogue.
  • Expy
    • Boys 'R' Us is one to the Backstreet Boys. Hell, their songs sound just like variations of "I Want It That Way".
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    • Tubby Fenders is one to Suge Knight.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Senator Spinkle's son being a fan of Dr. S results in some... very particular ways of expressing himself.
    Senator Spinkle's Son: I love you, Mom!...In the butt!
  • Informed Judaism: Marci is about as Jewish as she is a hip-hop princess, maybe even less.
  • Jewish American Princess: Marci is such an out-and-out version that many plot summaries for the movie use the exact same term to describe her.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: Tubby looks like he lives in a prison-themed luxury condo and not a prison cell.
  • May–December Romance: Marci's dad eventually starts dating Dr. S's ex-girlfriend.
  • Moral Guardians: Senator Mary Ellen Spinkle, who vows to banish Dr. S and his offensive lyrics from the airwaves forever.
  • Piss-Take Rap: Marci's rap. Not to the crowd, though.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy:
    • Marci at one point has to show, on stage at a rap concert, that she is "real". She succeeds.
    • There's also the spontaneous "Kenyan dance" Marci does at a nightclub with her friends.
    • The film's epilogue shows that Marci's dad has quite embraced the image of his gangsta rap record label.
  • Take That!: Nobody is excited or looking forward to winning a dinner date with Donald Trump.
  • Title Drop: In the epilogue, Marci raps that she has discovered her true calling in life as a fashion designer and has started her own brand called "Marci X."
  • Totally Radical: The movie tries very hard to be "hip". In fact, this is Marci's way of connecting with Dr. S.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The film ends with a musical number accompanied with according characters and texts that explain their fates, such as Marci and Dr. S marrying and Marci's dad dating S's ex.


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