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B.A.P.S. (1997) – Movie Review

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Jelisa M.
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

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.

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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.

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