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Monday, January 19, 2015


Friday nights on Studio Universal on DStv are dedicated to comedy, presenting the most side-splitting silliness and slapstick Hollywood has to offer. This month’s movies check in on famous faces before they made their names.

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (January 23rd) may seem an oddly familiar title – that’s because this early effort from the Wayans brothers gleefully mocks every familiar trope from films showing the mean underside of America’s inner cities. How will young Ashtray cope when he finds himself in a ludicrously tough new neighbourhood?

You might wonder why Teaching Mrs Tingle (January 30) qualifies. Surely Helen Mirren was already a star when she played the eponymous steely teacher? True, but Katie Holmes was a new arrival, and she co-stars as the driven student determined that Tingle’s grudge won’t stand in the way of her being valedictorian at the class graduation ceremony.