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I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac (DVD Review)

16 Feb, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 2/21/12
$14.98 DVD
Not rated.

Bernie Mac was one funny dude. He shined as an outspoken family man on “The Bernie Mac Show” and stole scenes in Ocean’s Eleven, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Guess Who, among other films. Now that he’s gone (he died in 2008 at 50 years old), his absence is felt by his fans, and even more so by the people who knew him best.

I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac is a compilation of video footage and memories of the dynamic Chicago comedian from his wife, Rhonda McCullough, daughter, Je’niece, and peers, such as Chris Rock, Bill Bellamy, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson, D.L. Hughley, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Tom Arnold, Joe Torry and more.

Their reflections aren’t overly emotional, as one would expect Bernie would have wanted. But their memories, in themselves, are hilarious, as they throw out “Bernie-isms” and silly anecdotes. Even in his early days as a comedian, he knew how to slay an audience by simply being himself. In fact, by brazenly declaring, “I ain’t scared of you motherf*****s,” to a rowdy Def Comedy Jam audience, he won respect, and a loyal fan base emerged from that pivotal career moment.

Bernie is remembered as a great father, a faithful husband, an awesome friend, a cunning prankster and a consummate storyteller. I Ain’t Scared of You also reveals how Bernard McCullough got his start, coming from humble beginnings and working his way from a blue-collar worker to being dubbed one of the “Original Kings of Comedy” and a beloved TV and movie star. It’s a truly inspiring story.

One of the best things about the documentary is the rare footage of Bernie’s early days on stage, included in the bonus material. It shows more of his engaging personality and his affinity for musicality.

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