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.