Homies can make good hubbies, goes the moral of this January dump job, a tired send-up of hip-hop-isms that also aspires to be a Waiting to Exhale for men. When three lifelong friends (Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson, Michael Imperioli) unexpectedly become dads, they must learn to shed their perma-bachelor ways or else lose their offspring. No worse than any of the ’80s stay-at-home-father comedies, and featuring a raucous performance by Paula Jai Parker as Griffin’s bootyliciously deranged girlfriend, MBD nevertheless hyperextends itself trying to prove that it’s possible to be black, male, and responsible all at once. The early scenes of female flatulence and grown men chugging “tittie milk” suggest harmlessly jejune minds at work, but the movie increasingly resembles a PSA for Bush’s marriage initiative—a succession of warm familial set pieces anchored by ultra-cute, fat-cheeked infants.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 6, 2004