Movie Review • B.A.P.S is one of those movies you put on when you need a good pick me up for the day. Nisi & Mickey were the bestfriends that you always wanted to be around; sassy, funny & didn’t play about their hair. Halle Berry & Natalie Desselle (RIP) were the dynamic duo we didn’t know we needed. We were used to seeing Natalie in a comedic role but this was the first time we had ever got to experience Halle in a whole different light, & it’s honestly my favorite light.
Every time I hear Monifah’s “I Miss You” I think of Mickey singing to Howard Hewitt & Nisi straddling Leon telling him “I wanna exhale!” They had some of the hottest cameos, from Dennis Rodman, Heavy D to LL Cool J. This is the movie that I feel put Natalie Desselle on our radar. This was her first leading role in a film & I wish she would have had more because she was an amazing actress. Every character she portrayed after this film always left a notable memory on viewers. She had a remarkable gift that should have been showcased more in the film industry.
This was the first time we had ever seen Halle in this type of role, my favorite role if you ask me. It was nice to see her in a real comedic role. She was in comedy movies before but she was never the leading character. Nisi gave us one of the best dance breaks from a movie. For the past few years we have seen Halloween costumes inspired by Nisi & Mickey. That orange leather jumpsuit will forever be a classic, along with Mickey supporting her bestfriend & finishing it off with a “BOO YOW!”
The B.A.P.S. story is one I love to see on film. Two black women having fun & living their best life. Regardless of some of the “too woke” people who criticized the film due to the “white savior” plot, I like to call it reparations. Ladies, if an old white man on his deathbed want to pay your bills, I won’t judge you! “LIVING LARGE & TAKING CHARGE…BIG BOIII!” Although the film received a lot of negative reviews & didn’t do too well at the box office, it’s another cult classic for us. I think we appreciate it more now than we did in 1997.