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PootieTangisa2001Americancomedyfilmwritten
anddirectedbyLouisC.K.Adaptedfromacomedy
sketchthatfirstappearedonTheChrisRockShow,[3]
thecharacterPootieTangisasatireofthestereotyped
characterswhoappearedinoldblaxploitationfilms.The
titlecharacter'sspeech,whichvaguelyresembles
pidgin,ismostlyunintelligibletotheaudience,butthe
othercharactersinthefilmhavenoproblem
understandinghim.

PootieTang

Contents
1 Plot
1.1 PootieTangisms
2 Cast
Theatricalreleaseposter

3 Production
4 Reception

Directedby
Producedby

5 Soundtrack
6 Inpopularculture
7 References

Writtenby

LouisC.K.
LanceCrouther
J.B.Smoove
JenniferCoolidge
WandaSykes
RobertVaughn
ChrisRock

Musicby

QD3
PrincePaul(Additional)

Plot
Cinematography

WillyKurant

Editedby

DougAbel

Production
company
Distributedby
Releasedates

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CaldecotChubb
DavidGale
AliLeRoi
ChrisRock

Starring

8 Externallinks

PootieTang,bornin"asmalltownoutsideGary,
Indiana",isportrayedasaladies'manwhois"toocool
forwords",evenasayoungchild.Hislifeismarkedby
thedeathsofhismother"MommaDee",andshortly
thereafterhisfather"DaddyTang",whodiesafterbeing
mauledbyagorilladuringhisshiftatthesteelmill(the
thirdtimesomeonehadsufferedthatparticularfate).

LouisC.K.

MTVFilms
ChrisRockProductions
ParamountPictures
June29,2001
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JustbeforeDaddyTang'sdeath,Pootieinheritshis
father'sbeltandistoldthat(aslongashehasrighton
hisside)hecan"whoopanyone'sasswithj

Runningtime

81minutes[1]

Country

UnitedStates

Language

English

Asayoungadult,PootieTangrisestofameand
Budget
$7million[2]
becomeswellknownforavarietyofreasons.Hesings
Boxoffice
$3.3million[2]
innightclubs,starsinpublicserviceannouncementsfor
children,producestopofthechartsmusichits,and
generallydefeatswrongdoerswiththepowerofhisbelt.DickLecter,theCEOofmultiindustrial
conglomerateLecterCorp,learnsofPootieTang'spositiveinfluenceonsocietyandhisnegative
influenceonLecterCorp'sbottomline.AfterhishenchmenandavilevillainnamedDirtyDeearesent
awaybyPootie'sfriends,Lecterencourageshisrighthandlady,Ireenie,toseducePootieTangintosigning
anagreementwithLecterCorpthatwouldstopPootieTang'sinfluenceonAmerica'schildren.
PootieTangfallsforIreenie'stricksandsubsequentlyfallsapart.Hisstatusaspopcultureiconisdestroyed,
andheengagesonaquestto"find[him]self".ThisjourneyisencouragedbyBiggieShortie,whopromises
towaitforPootietoreturntoherandtotherestofsociety.Pootiemovestoafarmwherethelocalsheriff
decidesPootieandhisdaughtershouldstartdating.Afterhissinglecornstalkdies,hehasavisionof
DaddyTangandMommaDee.DaddyTangrevealsthatthereisnothingspecialaboutPootie'sbeltinstead,
Pootiemustfightevilwiththegoodnessthatisinsidehim.AfterdealingwithDirtyDeeandhishenchman
Froggy(aswellasgettinghisbeltback),Pootierealizeshemustmovebacktothecityandfightcrimeonce
again.
PootieTangreturnstothecityjustasDickLecterisunveilingthefirstofhisnewrestaurantchain,Pootie's
BadTimeBurgers.Atasmallnewsconference,PootieconfrontsLecteronlytodiscoverthatLecterhas
amasseddozensof"Pootiealikes"whowillspreadthemessageofLecterCorparoundthenation.Pootie
Tang,withthehelpofBiggieShortie,defeatsallofthesehenchmenandLecterhimself.Goodtriumphs
overevilonceagain,andBiggieShortiefinallygetsherman:sheandPootieTangplantogetmarriednow
thatPootieisback.Elsewhere,DickLecterleavescorporatelifeandbecomesanactor,Ireenieleaveshim
andbecomesacounselorhelpingatriskteenageprostitutes,andDirtyDeeisstilldirty.

PootieTangisms
AlthoughPootieTangspeaksinacompletelyunintelligiblejive,everyonehemeetsseemstounderstand
him.Herearesomeexamplesofhisvocabulary.Seewikiquoteforamorecompletelist.

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"Bammies."

manyinterpretationsandusages,yetusuallyreferstonormalacquaintances

"SaDaTay."

generallypositiveinterpretations

"WaDaTah."

manyinterpretationsandusages,yetusuallyisaconfirmationstatementlike
"that'sforsure!"

"Capatown."

manyinterpretationsandusages,yetinmanyinstancesmeans"Calmdown
now"inafriendlymanner

"Don'tbangthedillies!"

Don't

"TheTipiTais."

generallyacceptedas"thekids"

"DirtyDee,you'reabaddy
athreat,aninsult,orboth
daddylamataitabbychai!"
"What'stheDabbleDee?" generallyacceptedas"What'sthematter?"
"MayIdaneonthe
cherries,MamaT?"

"Mother,woulditbeacceptableformetohavesomemorepeas?"

"MainDamie."

generallyacceptedas"BestFriend"

"WellBob,I'mapone
tony."

explainshisachievementinmanydiversefields

"I'mgoingtosineyour
pittyontherunnykine!"

awarningtohisenemiesofimpendingpunishmentalsousedtosmoothtalk
theladies

"MaDilly."

seemstorefertoafemale"Damie"hereferstoBiggieShortyashisDilly

"Nayno"

"no,"asin"IgottasaytheNayno,mybrotha"

"Colemedownonthe
pannysty"

Pootie'swayofindicatingcomplicityandfriendshipinhislistener

"Colemeonthepanny
sty."

Closetotheaboveinsound,butgravelydifferentinmeaning.Colemeonthe
pannystyisinsultinglynonsensical,asshownbythereactionofBobCostas

"Youain'tcomeone,but
manytinetanies"

Pootie'swayofsaying"Youdidn'tjustbringyourself,youbroughtyourwhole
crewtobackyouup",implyingcowardicetowardshislistener

Cast
LanceCroutherasPootieTang
J.B.SmooveasTrucky
JenniferCoolidgeasIreenie
WandaSykesasBiggieShorty
RobertVaughnasDickLecter
ChrisRockasJB/RadioDJ/DaddyTang
RegE.CatheyasDirtyDee
J.D.WilliamsasFroggy
MarioJoynerasLacey
DaveAttellasFrank
LauraKightlingerasLauraKnight
RickShapiroasShakey
MissyElliottasDiva
DavidCrossasDennis,aPootiealike
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ColeHawkinsasLittlePootie
AndyRichterasRecordexecutive
KristenBellasRecordexecutive'sdaughter
KeeshaSharpasPartygirl
ToddBarryasGreasy
BobCostasashimself
FabianCelebreasSleuthy
AnthonyIozzoasSlobby

Production
OriginallyaParamountClassicsfilmtitledPootieTanginSineYourPittyontheRunnyKine,thebudget
wasincreasedandtransferredtothemainParamountPicturesdivision.[4]C.K.hasstatedthathewasallbut
firedfromthefilmduringtheeditingphase.Accordingtohim,AliLeRoiwashiredtoextensivelyreedit
thefilm.[4]OpenlyagreeingwithRogerEbert'sdismissivecriticismthatthemovieshouldnothaveeven
beenreleased,C.K.hassaidthatthefinishedproduct,thoughcontainingpartsheenjoyed,wasfarfromhis
ownvision.[5]

Reception
Criticalreceptionwasgenerallynegative,withRottenTomatoesonlygauging29%positivereviews.[6]
RogerEbertgaveitahalfstarrating,criticizingitforexcessiveuseofvulgarlanguageanddemeaning
portrayalofwomen,describingitasa"trainwreck"andfinishinghisreviewbybluntlystating"Thisfilmis
notinareleasablecondition".[7]NathanRabinatTheOnionA.V.ClubsaidPootieTang"borderson
audienceabuse"and"confuse[s]idiocyforabsurdityandrandomnessforwit".[8]However,afewyears
later,fellowA.V.ClubwriterScottTobiasrevisitedthefilmandincludeditinhisNewCultCanonseries,
notingthat"PootieTangrepelledmainstreamcriticsandaudiences,butitholdsanexaltedstatusamongalt
comediansandfansofsubversiveanticomedyingeneral".[9]
KevinMurphyalsopraisedthefilminhisbookAYearattheMovies:
PootieTangcrossesallculturalbarrierstobecomethedumbestmovieI'veseeninanentire
generation.Butitisalsofunnyashell...PootieTangstrivesforthedumbnessitachieves,afeat
fewfilmscando...thisisagoodkindofdumb.Likemooning.Likeacatfallingoffatable.
[10]

Soundtrack
AsoundtrackcontaininghiphopandR&BmusicwasreleasedonJune16,2001byHollywoodRecords.It
peakedat#51ontheTopR&B/HipHopAlbumsand#22ontheTopSoundtracks.

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InScaryMovie3,GeorgeCarlin'scharactersaysheaccidentallyputacursedvideotapeintothe
wrongbox,returningittoBlockbusterinsteadofacopyofPootieTang.Attheendofthehorrorfilm
spoof,thealiensclaimtheywatchedthevideotapethatspurredtheirvisitstoEarthbecausethey
thoughtitwasPootieTang.InScaryMovie4,manycharactersargueaboutthisfilm.
IntheTVshowTheBernieMacShow,ChrisRock(whoappearsinPootieTang)attendsapoker
gameatBernieMac'shouse.AplayerremarksthathereallyenjoyedPootieTang,towhichRock
repliesthat"even[his]mommadidn'tseePootieTang."Alsointheepisode"TheTalk"Wanda's
friendtellsBerniethatshewasinthevideostoreandshesawBernieonthecoverofPootieTang.
Berniedeniesthatheiswhoshehadseen,butsheinsistssheiscorrect.
ConanO'BriensaidmanytimesonhisshowthatPootieTangis"thegreatestnameofafilm
ever".[11]

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"POOTIETANG(15)".BritishBoardofFilmClassification.October2,2001.RetrievedJanuary8,2015.
PootieTang(http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=pootietang.htm)atBoxOfficeMojo
OriginalAppearanceintheChrisRockShow(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWcNwaQ4d78)
WTFwithMarcMaronLouisC.K.part1
ScottRaab(20110523)."LouisC.K.:TheESQ+A".Esquire.
PootieTang(http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pootie_tang/)atRottenTomatoes
Ebert,Roger(20010629)."PootieTang".ChicagoSunTimes.Retrieved20130128.
Rabin,Nathan(20020329)."PootieTang".TheA.V.Club.Retrieved20130128.
Tobias,Scott(20090723)."TheNewCultCanonPootieTang".TheA.V.Club.Retrieved20130128.
Murphy,Kevin.AYearattheMovies,HarperCollins,2002,p.172.ISBN0060937866
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le9opp9QeQc&t=10

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id=pootietang.htm)atBoxOfficeMojo
PootieTang(http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pootie_tang/)atRottenTomatoes
PootieTang(http://www.metacritic.com/movie/pootietang)atMetacritic
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