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WHO MADE THE POTATOE SALAD?

WHO MADE THE POTATOE SALAD? ($20) can be thought of as an urban version of MEET THE PARENTS, since the premise is virtually the same, although the execution is far different in this film, as is the level of comic success. In WHO MADE THE POTATOE SALAD?, Jaleel White portrays an inept San Diego cop named Michael, who proposes to his lovely fiancée Ashley (Jennia Fredrique) and then travels home with her to "meet the parents" over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Unfortunately for Michael, his future father-in-law Mr. Jenkins (Clifton Powell), is a former black panther, who has had issues with the law and doesn’t like that his daughter has brought home a "pig" as a suitor. What follows is a number of stereotypical situations, featuring even more stereotypical characters, which sometimes can be mildly amusing and other times painfully overdone. All I can say is- where is somebody with the last name Wayans when you really need them? The cast of WHO MADE THE POTATOE SALAD? also features DeRay Davis, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Reynaldo Rey, Bebe Drake, Ella Joyce, Mark Chalant Phifer, Daphne Bloomer and Eddie Griffin in a cameo role.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made WHO MADE THE POTATOE SALAD? available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. The image looks reasonably good, although no one will be using this disc as demonstration material. Everything appears reasonably well defined and the colors offer nice saturation, without any noticeable flaws. Contrast is also good and there are no concerns related to digital compression artifacts.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack is mixed like a television sitcom, very front heavy, with much of the reliance being on the center channel. As expected, the outlying channels offer little more than occasional effects and bits of fill. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, although there are some moments one wishes it wasn’t. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, but English and Spanish subtitles are provided. The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, although no supplemental content has been provided.

WHO MADE THE POTATOE SALAD? offers some amusing moments and the presentation won’t garner any complaints. If you want to see what Urkel has been up to lately, WHO MADE THE POTATOE SALAD? should be worth an evening’s rental.

 

WHO MADE THE POTATOE SALAD? 


Who Made the Potatoe Salad (2005)

ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISIONS 

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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