• Blankman
  • Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Robin Givens
  • Directed by Mike Binder

Darryl Walker, a naive inventor played by Damon Wayans, is an inner-city superhero with no superpowers. He battles baddies in his underwear, using his grandma's housecoat as a cape and anything handy, like an old shoe, as a weapon. David Alan Grier, Wayan's co-star on In Living Color, appears as Darryl's brother, who is forced into service as Blankman's side-kick, known as the Other Guy. Robin Givens is the love interest and the excuse for a series of sex jokes. As a frisky TV skit, it might have been a hoot. As a feature, Blankman is, well, a stretch. You can feel Wayans, who wrote the script with J.F. Lawton (Pretty Woman), straining along with director Mike Binder to keep the comic idea spinning. No luck.

From The Archives Issue 690: September 8, 1994