"Dolemite Is My Name"
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Written By: Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
October 25, 2019 • Netflix
Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else.
Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables.
I said, 'You don't come up this mountain, givin me yo sass!' Gave him one more smack before I drop-kicked his ass!!! Cause Dolemite is my name, and f*ckin' up motherf*ckers is my game!
However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed, an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil.
Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin, and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.
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