Eye For Film >> Movies >> Russell Peters: Red, White And Brown (2009) Film Review
It's stand-up comedy and it's funny - do you need to know more? Russell Peters is a Canadian of Indian descent who frequently works in the US. As with so many comedians, his stand-up comedy reflects his life. Of course, he's not solely defined by his multicultural background, but it is a major aspect of his work.
His routine about the sign language used to describe groups of people is the clear highlight. It's hilarious, but also fascinating and thought-provoking. When deaf people need to describe an entire group of people, then, of course, they need a gesture that encapsulates them, but at what point does this become an offensive stereotype? Russell Peters investigates these ideas in an intelligent manner, but mostly it's just damn funny.
It bears saying that although a lot of Russell Peters' work is about race, it isn't racist in the slightest. As with comedian Jimmy Carr, it pushes boundaries and may be labelled politically incorrect at times. However, it is a polar opposite to people like Jim Davidson and Bernard Manning, who seek protection from criticism under the banner of being politically incorrect.
Listing all the best jokes would be the easiest way to give you a taste for it, but it would spoil it for you. Over-intellectualising it would suck the fun out of it. You'll just have to trust me when I say it's stand-up comedy and it's funny.Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2009