Directed by Robert Townsend
Produced by Mark Burg, Jay Stern
Written by Troy Beyer
Music by Stanley Clarke
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
March 28, 1997
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10,000,000
Box office $7,338,279[1]

B*A*P*S is a 1997 comedy film written by Troy Beyer, directed by Robert Townsend, and starring Halle Berry and Martin Landau. The movie was a critical and box-office failure.


Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle-Reid) are waitresses in a soul food diner in Decatur, Georgia. Their dream is to open the world's first combination hair salon and soul food restaurant.

To accumulate start-up money, they audition for a music video in Los Angeles. Through an unusual turn of events, they end up assisting a Beverly Hills butler and caring for an aging millionaire, Mr. Blakemore, who welcomes them into his mansion. They become Black American Princesses (BAPs) "livin' large and takin' charge!" amongst the rich and famous.

They soon find themselves in the middle of a plot to milk the millionaire of his fortune. Realizing that they have acted no better than the plotters, they choose instead to become Mr. Blakemore's primary caregivers.

Blakemore eventually dies and his will grants half of his fortune to them.


Awards and nominations

1998 Acapulco Black Film Festival


The reception was overwhelmingly negative. It has a 13% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film a rare no-stars rating, calling it "jaw-droppingly bad."[2]


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