Pootie Tang (Lance Crouther) was a born superstar, exhibiting his cool as a child with his sultry walk and unique jargon, and taught respect by his father (Chris Rock) with the aid of a special belt.
As a full-grown man, he captivates the world, whether as a hero who makes anti-drug PSAs for kids, an unwitting sex object that leaves women lapping up milk out of bowls or a music sensation that can make a hit out of a completely silent track. Dick Lecter (Robert Vaughn), whose corporate holdings include fast food joints, malt liquor and switchblades, wants to harness the Pootie persona and unleashes Ireenie (Jennifer Coolidge) to disarm him of his magical belt. Devoted friends Trucky (J.B. Smoove) and Biggie Shorty (Wanda Sykes) stick by him, but is that enough to boost his strength when facing evil millionaires as well as impressively dirt-smothered villains? Written and directed by Louis C.K., and building off a sketch that originated on The Chris Rock Show, Pootie Tang has gained cult status since its release in 2001, with an impressive roster of comedians who are now household names, not to mention cinematographer Willy Kurant, who worked with Jean Luc Godard and Chris Marker!
For this special evening, we will screen Pootie Tang and welcome star Lance Crouther for a post-movie discussion, moderated by A.V. Club film editor Scott Tobias.
Note: Chris Rock is no longer able to attend tonight's screening due to professional obligations.
6 pm - 7 pm: Complimentary beer courtesy of The L Magazine and Radeberger!
Director: Louis C.K.. 81 min. 2001. Digital projection.
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