SYNOPSIS: Marlon Wayans stars in Sextuplets. From the people who brought you “Naked”, father-to-be Alan is shocked to learn that he was born a sextuplet. With his newfound brother Russell riding shotgun, the duo sets out on a hilarious journey to reunite with their remaining long-lost siblings (all played by Marlon Wayans).
It’s official. Marlon Wayans has run out of fresh ideas that he has to resort to pulling off a “Nutty Professor” in his latest Netflix comedy, Sextuplets.
Not a surprise, Wayans plays all Sextuplets. There’s obese Russell, the only brother that was raised by their mother. Dawn the only girl among the six of them who is currently in jail for assault. Ethan, a con-man of sort, Jaspar, a mysterious man who is living off the radar and Baby Pete, a man the size of a baby who needs a kidney badly.
And then there’s the normal bland one, Alan whose wife is about to give birth to their first baby. And Alan has the mission of reuniting all his family members and finding out why their mother has abandoned them in the first place.
Comparing this to Wayans’ earlier works liked the Scary Movie series, White Chicks and Little Man, Sextuplets is a lot safer and tamer which of course explained the PG13 rating. There’s a whole lot of black stereotyping jokes and gags, mild sexual innuendos and zero nudity so you could say it’s actually fit for family viewing.
And probably because of it, Wayans has a lot less imaginative material to work on. As a result, all his characters have to repeat a lot of cereal jokes and gags that are attributed to an old American TV show, The Rockford Files. There’s quite a funny scene which involved an angry, charging bull and that’s sadly, the only standout scene in the entire road trip.
Technically speaking, Sextuplets deserved a solid A. The makeup and prosthetic effects are seamless and even the CGI which involved Wayans playing multiple characters in a single scene is flawless. To be fair, Marlon Wayans is quite a funny comedian. He has the physicality, timing and perfect funny faces, he just needs some solid writing for his next movie else he might end up as the next Adam Sandler.
Review by Linus Tee