April Fools Day — the day when even the most intellectual members of society go for lame attempts at humor. Hollywood has attempted to do the same thing with this particular calendar event and has managed to pull in a few dollars. Simply titled April Fools, writer/director Nancy Norman's film is the African-American take on that day with a "hip-hop" twist.
A souring twist.
A group of teenagers decide to prank a nerd by getting him to think he would be getting laid. When he finds it's a joke, he is obviously embarrassed. That won't last long; a football thrown at him as another prank will end all that by accidentally pushing him into a rod which kills him (at least I think it was a rod).
Cue the I Know What You Did Last Summer solution and now you have your movie.
I wouldn't have minded the poor acting and script so much as I just wish, like with The Hit, that they just simply stuck to what they were doing. But even in April Fools, that "hip-hop" take I was talking about? Well, it also takes the main plot to the back burner.
We spend about 20 minutes it seems at a lame concert for Lil' Flip, who is an embarrassingly tired rap artist from Chicago. You even get some lame dancing thrown in during the concert — not that it seemed like it even synched up with the music being played. They would have been better off getting Shawnna, who is much better and also from Chicago.
The cameraman must have loved the hell out of one female character's arse, because during a scene where she is practicing a dance routine for that same concert, that's about all we see.
It's good to see Darrin Dewitt Henson again. I haven't seen him around much since Soul Food (the TV series), although I know he's a dance choreographer. I am surprised to see Obba Babatundé of UPN's Half and Half in this movie. He's a good actor who lost a job because Chris Rock had the nerve to bulldog CBS into renewing his brother's tired sitcom, All Of Us.