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YMMV / Bamboozled

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  • Anvilicious: Spike Lee isn't exactly known for subtlety, Bamboozled may be his biggest assault on discretion yet.
    • In the opening scene the film explains what satire is (because it is a satire, get it??) and doesn't go uphill from there.
    • A common criticism is that the Springtime for Hitler plot is played either too dark or too unambiguously awful to be believable, with one critic arguing "Imagine a verse in 'Springtime for Hitler' about being sent to gas chambers."note 
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  • Ending Fatigue: By the final act, the film has descended into bizarre melodrama and rambling repetition of its scattershot messages.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Roots appear as Mantan's house band. The producer must have recommended them to Jimmy Fallon.
  • He Really Can Act: Savion Glover not only gets to show off his legendary tapping abilities, but gives a thoroughly convincing performance as the angry, self-absorbed Manray.


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