Ganked

Best known for Nickelodeon series "All That" and "The Kenan and Kel Show," comedian Kel Mitchell takes one step forward into more grown-up entertainment -- and several general steps backward -- with flimsy feature "Ganked." Nonetheless, pic has enough marketable aspects to do OK on the domestic rental market.

With:
With: Kel Mitchell, Bombay, Katt Williams, Antwon Tanner, Kenn Michael, Anna Marie Horsford.

Best known for Nickelodeon series “All That” and “The Kenan and Kel Show,” comedian Kel Mitchell takes one step forward into more grown-up entertainment — and several general steps backward — with flimsy feature “Ganked.” Asinine comedy about an aspiring rapper’s tangle with a duplicitous R&B diva doesn’t flatter director-cinematographer-editor-composer Kenn Michael, either, though at least he provides a surface professionalism missing from the script credited to Mitchell and his wife, Tyisha Hampton-Mitchell. Nonetheless, pic has enough marketable aspects to do OK on the domestic rental market.

Ricky’s (Mitchell) dreams of hip-hop stardom seem to be coming true when his demo tape wins a talent contest launched by black music mogul Shane Ross (Katt Williams). Ross unloads the newcomer’s work on daughter Kennedy (Tyisha again, acting under the name Bombay), a vain, sheltered pop princess whose run of chart-topping hits has petered out. But she simply steals his song and slangy street cred. Eventually Ricky launches a campaign of revenge. There are some good ideas here, both satirical and screwball, but overlong pic’s humor too often consists of letting performers — especially the leads — riff hammily within undeveloped situations.

Ganked

Production: A Codekraft and Lyric-Cole production. Produced by Danielle L. Ross. Executive producers, Kel Mitchell, Tyisha Hampton-Mitchell, Kenn Michael. Directed, edited by Kenn Michael. Screenplay, Kel Mitchell, Tyisha Hampton-Mitchell.

Crew: Camera (color), Michael; music, Michael. Reviewed at San Francisco Black Film Festival, June 11, 2005. Running time: 108 MIN.

With: With: Kel Mitchell, Bombay, Katt Williams, Antwon Tanner, Kenn Michael, Anna Marie Horsford.

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