DysFunKtional Family forces the question: Why is there an Eddie Griffin stand-up comedy movie? Comedy concert films normally center on legendary names (like Richard Pryor), big stars (like Martin Lawrence), or giant arena events (like The Original Kings of Comedy) — although Griffin is a competent comic actor, is his live performance worthy of a feature? Not really.
There’s no denying that Griffin has an easy confidence and a practiced style on stage. It’s just that his material and delivery aren’t superior enough to entice comedy fans to put their butts in movie theater seats. Even when Griffin’s content is witty and thought provoking — like his view of a short “racism-free” period after September 11 — his windup and pitch just don’t get you laughing out loud.
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