I’m Just Saying, You Can Do Better: 10 Talented/Classic Actors And The Ratchet Movies They Shouldn’t Have Messed With

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January 29, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

I know that times are hard and everybody, including the big wigs and legends in Hollywood, need to go to work. But there are just some movies that I never thought these 10 very talented and even legendary actors and actresses would take part in. From films about video girls to black superheroes and random snakes on planes, as the anti-drug organization D.A.R.E. used to say, “Just say no.” That’s what these folks should have done when the scripts to these movies came across their desks.

Video Girl

Ruby Dee – Video Girl

Anytime a cast includes names like Lisa Raye, Bun B, Melyssa Ford, Meagan Good, Angela Lola Luv and Yung Joc, the legendary Ruby Dee’s name shouldn’t be attached to it. But sadly, Ruby Dee surprised the hell out of me when she appeared in the movie, Video Girl, starring Meagan Good, playing in a lead role as her grandmother. The film was about a failed dancer who becomes a popular star in hip-hop music videos, but sadly becomes addicted to drugs.The small-budget film is already a BET Thursday night classic. Coming just a few years after she picked up an Academy Award nomination for her role in American Gangster, I definitely wasn’t expecting to find one of the legendary stars of A Raisin in the Sun acting alongside the star of The Players Club in the same movie.

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  • scandalous7

    Im watching Norbit Right Now! dying over here……DONT ADJUST MY SEAT! ….THAT MAKES YOU THE QUEEN OF WHORES!!!!!…HOW U DOIN?!?!?

  • scandalous7

    WTF Norbit had me on the floor the entire time, the entire time.

  • Guest Editor

    While Rue McClanahan has since died, she was NOT dead during the movie, so they didn’t “pair a late Golden Girl” with Beyonce and Cuba. Additionally, because you are speaking about three people (Rue, Beyonce, and Cuba), no pair exists. A pair is two.

  • christmas808

    Brian White in any movie is a no go for me

  • kaykay

    Sorry but Norbit is one of Eddie Murphy’s funniest movies

  • CB3

    Judge if you must! Fighting Temptation cracks me up to this day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Latrece-Hoskins/100002627012546 Latrece Hoskins

    norbit was disgusting.

  • Michiko

    The incorrect usage of the word ‘ratchet’ needs to be retired.

  • chanela

    oh come on now! with halle, she only won an oscar for monsters ball because she got naked. that’s all you need nowadays….

  • IllyPhilly

    Money is a helluva drug.

  • DeDee82388

    I thought Norbit was hilarious.Not only did it make over 100 million at the box office it got an Academy Award Nomination.How’s that for irony

  • vloliver

    Ummm excuse me but Norbit is funny as hell. Now how u doin???? (in my Rasputia voice) lol

    • scandalous7

      ahhhhh lmao right!!, im on the floor just thinkin about that movie

  • bigdede

    Norbit was written by Eddie and his brother Charlie. It made over 100 million dollars and that movie is still quotable. How you doin?!

  • hollyw

    Lmbooooo @ Meteor Man! They gave my boy a high-top fade, I’ll never forget!!

  • tata111

    Love Wood Harris

  • Really?

    The author should have started the article off by stating out right that he doesn’t like Tyler Perry and saved a whole lot of time.

  • CommonSenseAintSoCommon

    This truly is the dumbest list. Maybe I’m bias because I enjoyed most of the movies on this list. None of them I would describe as rachet. Maybe movies like B.A.S.P.S I would put into to the rachet category. I’m also tired of people hating on Tyler’s movies. All his movies even through the craziness of some of the characters have a really positive message. I guess some people don’t understand comic relief.

    • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

      No way! B.A.P.S. is the movie!!!

    • realadulttalk

      Perhaps I keep missing the positive messages b/c of all the stereotypical characters/behavior. Tyler Perry puts out buffoonery!

  • AJ389

    I really couldn’t appreciate Joy Bryant in Get Rich Or Die Trying or Antwon Fisher nor Meagan Good in anything shes had a major role in. And I agree Naturi Naughton, even though she’s a cute young lady, she could not pull off Lil Kim to my satisfaction, I really don’t know who could have.

    • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

      Antwon Fisher was good but could have been sooo much better. I guess I am biased because the book (Finding Fish) is so much better and graphic in detail than the movie. Made me cry.

    • realadulttalk

      Lil Kim oozes sex appeal–Naturi oozed nothing. She fell very flat on that one.