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A Low Down Dirty Shame1994

A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)



Critic Consensus: A trifecta of failure for writer-director-star Keenen Ivory Wayans, A Low Down Dirty Shame lives repeatedly and resolutely down to its title.

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A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money in this action-comedy. Writer-director Keenan Ivory Wayans also stars as Los Angeles private eye Arthur Shame, a former cop whose troubled past resurfaces when a one-time colleague asks for help in a narcotic case. During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ultimately confronting the criminal responsible for Shame's expulsion from the force. He must also deal with two women, Angela, a beautiful old flame (Salli Richardson), and Peaches (Jada Pinkett), his energetic but annoying sidekick. Unlike Wayans' blaxploitation parody I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, A Low Down Dirty Shame sticks more closely to genre conventions, lightening the action with wisecracks and standard comic interludes.

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as Chung Yung Fat
Doug Kruse
as Skinhead Speaker
Rene Hicks
as Hooker
Bob Hughes
as 1st Cop
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as 2nd Cop
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as Funeral Guest
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as Chad's Agent
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as Mailman at Post Office
Derek Woolley
as Maitre d'
Diane Little
as Waitress
Erika Monroe
as 1st Customer
Gloria Pawlak
as 2nd Customer
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as Female Lovemaker
Mark Ian Simon
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Critic Reviews for A Low Down Dirty Shame

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

In terms of action, Wayans the director relies too much on slow-motion in shooting action scenes -- a tiresome habit that undercuts the potential excitement of some sequences.

July 25, 2008
Top Critic

So far, so hackneyed.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Mr. Wayans is an agreeable screen presence, but he makes a surprisingly bland action hero.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

I'm not sure what type of movie this is supposed to be or who its audience is, but it's a low down dirty shame that Wayans' talent is wasted on this film.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Wayans isn't sure whether to send up Shaft and company or simply to remake the action thriller. The result is an embarrassing compromise.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Here is a movie about guns. Take away the guns, and the movie would be about nothing much.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Low Down Dirty Shame

Peaches : Shame might be soft on you, but I can see through all that Maybelline. And you ain't nothin' but a gold-diggin' skank, tryin' to get a man for all he's worth. You hurt Shame again, you betta watch yo' back! Shame: I'll go take me a shower and pretend that I didn't wake up in The Crying Game! Shame (played by Keenan Ivory Wayan) is a former cop now a private detective with, who is broke. When an old friend offers him a job to track down a criminal who Shame believes he had killed, he takes the case for personal as much as financial reasons and soon finds himself in a whole world of trouble. Meanwhile his sassy secretary Peaches (a hilarious Jada Pinkett), tries to help him but the sexual tension between them also proves to be a distraction. My favorite part was when Peaches punched out a soap opera actor Brad because his character had sex with one of the other characters that she didn't like haha. Another funny scene is when Shame has a couple dogs chasing him and he started singing a song by James Brown to calm them down. (Well they do say music sooths the savage beast lol) And what about that bedroom scene when he wakes up next to ~Girlfriend~

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer


Not bad action-comedy of Keenen Ivory Wayans' film. Jada Pinkett's animated performance as Shame's fast-talking girl Friday is one of the few outstanding elements in this otherwise so-so spoof of blaxploitation pictures.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

i am chuy yung phat, do you know what this means? yea, it means you come with an egg roll and mi so soup.

danny d
danny d

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