Black Knight

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Black Knight ★ 2001 (PG-13)

The utterly unoriginal title should be a clue. Another remake of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court,” and a particularly bad and formulaic one at that. Lazy, selfish Jamal (Lawrence) is transported from his minimum-wage job at theme park Medieval World to 14th century England, the real medieval world, where some life lessons await. Obvious fish-out-of-water jokes ensue, as Jamal seeks to make sense of his new surroundings, knock boots with Nubian maidens and lead a revolution against an evil king. The film's few decent gags are swallowed by lots of inane humor, a tired script and Lawrence's desperate mugging. Ironically, the story's moral message about giving up selfishness for a cause is lost on its star, who acts as if he's the only person on screen. Ye olde bore. 95m/C VHS, DVD . US Martin Lawrence, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan, Marsha Thomason, Kevin Conway, Daryl (Chill) Mitchell, Jeannette Weegar, Michael Burgess, Isabell Monk, Helen Carey; D: Gil Junger; W: Darryl Quarles, Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow; C: Ueli Steiger; M: Randy Edelman.