Leprechaun 5: In the Hood (2000)
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Leprechaun in the Hood, the 5th in the series, has a struggling rap group fronted by Anthony Montgomery steal the Leprechaun's pot of gold from gangsta agent played by Ice-T, releasing the Irish demon for more mayhem. Sometimes, the movie pulls gags that would have sat comfortably in Naked Gun, but only sometimes, the goofiness dissonant rather than funny. Absolute coherence is also missing. I was mildly entertained here and there, but there's a LOT of tedious faux-rap - and since the Leprechaun irritatingly rhymes all his lines, you just KNOW he's gonna rap eventually... and it's about as bad as you think - and an ugly, thoughtless transphobic streak. Better, perhaps, are the more absurd elements, like the lecherous preacher, Lep's zombie chicks, and getting high on four-leaf clover. As in Enterprise, Montgomery radiates decency, and the movie uses it. His acting here is generally well above the level required, and it's what ultimately makes the weird climax work.
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