Thursday, January 29, 2009

Drop Squad: The Gospel Pak

The critics panned "Drop Squad" when it was released in 1994. The move was about a shadowy band of Brothers (led by Vondie Curtis-Hall and Ving Rhames) who kidnap and deprogram a "sell-out" black advertising exec played by Eriq LaSalle. "Drop Squad" should have been a razor-sharp satire through-and-though (like the brilliant "Fear of a Black Hat"). Instead it often got bogged down, preachy and heavy-handed.

Some parts are inspired, though, such as the clip above: a fast-food commercial produced by the company for which LaSalle's character works. This was high parody in 1994. Not so much today. Shoot, I bet if this commercial aired during "House of Payne" nobody would even notice.