On this day in comedy on July 24, 1992 Mo’ Money was released by Columbia Pictures!
This action comedy is the classic formula of Boy Meets Girl. Boy Wants to Impress Girl. Boy Steals Credit Cards. In this version Damon Wayans is the guy out to win over the heart of Stacey Dash. In his quest he and his cinematic brother (real life brother Marlon Wayans) use his insider job in the mailroom at a big time credit card firm to rip off dead people in an identity theft scam to the tune of whatever will make him look good in the eyes of the superficial Dash. The fact he’s a con man anyway makes the task a lot easier on his conscience. They’re dead!
Along the way there’s a series of seemingly unrelated murders committed by a bigshot played by John Diehl. They become very related when Wayans (Damon) is forced to kill Diehl to protect himself from being killed by Diehl’s hitman and to rescue Marlon who was kidnapped by Diehl. In the end all’s well that ends well. Marlon is safe and Damon is happy that he finally gets Stacey Dash before she reveals the fact she’s a rapid Republican.
Directed by Peter MacDonald from a Damon Wayans script, Mo’ Money also featured Joe Santos, Harry J. Lennix, Garfield, Rondi Reed, Quincy Wong, Mark Beltzman, Evan Lionel Smith, Kevin Casey, Larry Brandenburg, Alma Yvonne, Matt Doherty, Richard E. Butler and Bernie Mac, in his film debut.
Mo’ Money was shot on a budget of $15 million and grossed $40,277,006 at the box office.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton
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