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'Martin Lawrence: You So Crazy'

May 12, 1996|Kenneth Turan

This 1994 performance film, fluidly directed by Thomas Schlamme, finds Lawrence (pictured) almost always in-your-face raunchy and scatological, an enthusiastic dispenser of profanity whose explicit detailing of all kindsof sexual situations led to "Crazy" getting an NC-17 rating and a change of distributors. But Lawrence is more than someone who talks dirty. He is an alive comic presence, an adept social commentator, and, most surprising, a promoter of values that can only be called mainstream. 'You So Crazy's' lack of boundaries will unnerve people who think they're beyond all of that. Which is no doubt part of the point (HBO Tuesday at 10 p.m.).

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