By Dymond Alexis
Sextuplets showed not only that a black man can produce an amazing film without a crazy budget but, also that black comedians are actors too. Marlon Wayans comes from a major family full of talented individuals that have made as laugh for decades. From the Wayans Brothers to White Chicks and now Sextuplets Marlon Wayans has entered his peak showing that he deserves the respect he has earned.
Sextuplets made its debut on Netflix and Wayans discusses what drew him to Netflix and why he decided to make it his debut platform for Sextuplets.
“There’s not many comedies that are going to movie theaters,” said Wayans. “What’s beautiful about Netflix is that they embrace comedy and they embrace diversity.”
Sextuplets starts off with Alan, the brother who puts the entire family together. He’s tried for years but, never wanted to ask for help. He discovered one brother Russell, thinking they were twins and found out he had four other siblings. Alan and Russell went on a journey to finding their long, lost siblings who were scattered everywhere, each with a different background. After being kidnapped, the siblings reunite with each other and their mother appears. I could tell that each siblings desire of having their mother was fulfilled and helped them fill the void they were missing all of their life. One of my favorite parts of the film was when Ethan decided to take the charge for his brother Alan, without any questions.
The mind blowing part for the film is the amount of skills Wayans used to produce Sextuplets. Wayans plays six characters with different personalities, ranged in various sizes and many makeup changes. The amount of talent that takes is a lot and if you know theater arts, then you understand what I mean! I was extremely impressed by the quality of the film and how age appropriate it was also. Many films Wayans has done in the past can be vulgar, but this one was perfect. I wouldn’t feel bad watching this with my siblings or grandmother because it’s definitely family friendly.
“I used everything I had in my pocket for this movie, performing arts high school, building a character, using animals as characters to keep the consistency, stand-up comedy for the improv and writing – anything I’ve ever practiced in the art comedy, I was able to do in this movie,” said Wayans.
My first thought seeing the cover was, this reminds me of Eddie Murphy but, as we talked to Wayans he states that all comedians and actors are inspired by greats. But as a comedian, he vowed to never take a comedians act but to simply be inspired by it. So let’s dead all Klumps comparisons if you had one!
Sextuplets was hilarious and had the happy ending that I wasn’t expecting. One scene had me laughing constantly was when Alan and Russell were in the field and a bull was running after them. I laughed so hard, I cried! It reminded me of the scene with Marlon and Shawn Wayans in White Chicks – this scene was epic. The film taught viewers that no matter what, family is all you have. Alan went through bailing his sister out of jail, giving his kidney to his brother Baby Pete without his full consent and getting kidnapped at gunpoint with his brother Jasper.
I learned that family is all you have and you have to cherish them while you can. I would highly recommend watching Sextuplets – it’s definitely worth it!