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R: ARCHIVE, S: REVIEWS, D: 09/12/1996,


Last week, I waited around all night while Damon Wayans dissed me for an interview. It's payback time.

Wayans stars with Adam Sandler in Bulletproof, a ridiculous comic-action flick that depends on crude language and homophobia for laughs. Not funny enough to be a parody, Ernest Dickerson's film is far too silly to be taken seriously. Here's the evidence -- you be the judge.

Wayans is a cop who goes undercover as a friend to the petty criminal and major screw-up Sandler. When Sandler realizes he's been double-crossed, he shoots Wayans in the head from five feet away. Not to worry, though. After a five-minute hospital montage he's back on the force ready to bring Sandler to justice. But as much as Wayans hates to admit it, Sandler turns out to be the only one he can trust. His fellow cops, the FBI, and even his physical therapist are all on the bad guys' payroll. That's right -- he realizes his only friend is the same guy who shot him in the head.

Bulletproof does raise some interesting philosophical questions about the meaning of friendship. Like, "If a friend wants you to go with him to see this movie, is he really a friend?" At the Cheri, the Fresh Pond, and the Circle and in the suburbs.

-- Mark Bazer