Just the name alone brings thoughts of bad comedy.

"White Chicks"

The trailers look awful. The commercials make things seem slightly amusing.

And yet it ends up being sweet and sassy in so many ways.

Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, there is a sense that it is a movie that could have been worse.

But remember that Wayans loves to make fun of current pop culture. Who better to make fun of than Paris and Nicky Hilton?

Marlon and Shawn Wayans play Marcus and Kevin Copeland. They are FBI agents who messed up so much that their chief (Frankie Faison) puts them on guard duty for two heiresses who are being threatened with kidnapping.

Tiffany and Brittany Wilson (Anne Dudek and Maitland Ward) are on their way to Labor Day weekend at the Hamptons, the biggest social event of their life. They are unaware of the kidnapping plot and of any other people's feelings.

When an accident causes minor injuries to their faces, precluding a fabulous cover shot, the girls freak. But quick-thinking Marcus decides that he and Kevin can go undercover as the girls, capture the kidnapper and keep their jobs. So with the help of the FBI make-up department, two medium-toned black men become pasty-looking white women. And they proceed to take girls' places in the toniest vacation spot without the girls' IDs and credit cards.

The hard part was going to be keeping up the masquerade for three days. Then, they realize they have to battle against Heather and Megan Vandergeld (Jaime King and Brittany Daniel), the Wilsons' archenemies in the social circuit. Plus they have to thwart the advances of Trey LaTrell (Terry Crews), a black man who prefers white women.

This movie revisits the old drag concept of making men more understanding of their women by being women. What makes the cut is its sincerity. When Marcus and Kevin meet the Wilsons' friends, they make an effort to bond with them. And in that bonding , theybecome real friends with the girls.

It will lead to a fun dance contest scene when the "Wilsons" show up the Vandergelds in old-school style.

Problems come in believing the disguise. When I said pasty, I meant paler than some un-dead. How the other characters would not know the difference requires total suspension of disbelief.

The Wayans brothers make their characters believable despite the bad disguises. Plus the good supporting cast keep things from getting too cartoonish until the very end.

It is a movie best left for an older crowd as the PG-13 rating is dictated by some strong language as well as sexual humor. Not everyone will appreciate the jokes about "white" and "black" songs. Or the use of the "N" word. But the parts that you like, you end up really liking.

It is not a great or laugh-out- loud type of movie. It is more like one you watch and agree with and feel good about at the end.

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