Booty Call

Booty Call is a 1997 American comedy film, written by J. Stanford Parker (credited as Bootsie) and Takashi Bufford, and directed by Jeff Pollack. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, and Tamala Jones.

Booty Call
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeff Pollack
Produced byJohn M. Eckert
John Morrissey
Karen King
Lawrence Turman
Written byBootsie
Takashi Bufford
Music byRobert Folk
CinematographyRon Orieux
Edited byChristopher Greenbury
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 26, 1997 (1997-02-26)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$20,050,376[1]


Booty Call is about a tender-hearted, upwardly-mobile man named Rushon who has been dating his girlfriend Nikki for seven weeks. They really like each other, but their relationship has not yet been consummated; Nikki is not so sure if their relationship is ready for the next stage.

Rushon asks Nikki out to dinner, but Nikki wants it to be a double date. She brings her opinionated friend Lysterine "Lysti", and Rushon comes with his "bad boy" buddy Bunz. Lysti and Bunz hit it off very quickly, and to Rushon's surprise, Nikki decides it is time for their relationship to move to the next level. However, they have one small problem: this is the 1990s, and everyone wants to practice "safe sex." Therefore, Rushon and Bunz must go on wild adventures trying to find "protection" before the evening's mood evaporates.



The original script was heavily rewritten by director Jeff Pollack and Tommy Davidson. Prior to the film's release, it was noted that there were similarities with its condom plot to another movie in development, Trojan War, which featured an all-white cast and which would also be released in 1997.[2] Booty Call however was written without knowledge of Trojan War's existence.[2]


It currently holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 12 professional reviews, and a 5.4 user rating on IMDb. Siskel and Ebert gave the film two thumbs up.[3] They praised the vulgar humor, comparing it to Beavis and Butt-head.[3] Ebert in particular said the scenes involving Nikki's pet Jack Russell Terrier were "very, very funny."[3] In their review, The New York Times claimed "This contemporary sex farce, directed by Jeff Pollack, has the attention span of a hyperactive child."[4]

In a 1997 interview with Charlie Rose, black actor and filmmmaker Charles S. Dutton criticized young African-Americans who went to see Booty Call rather than the historical drama Rosewood, which was released around the same time.[5]


  1. "Booty Call". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  2. "Similar films". Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  3. Ebert, Roger; Siskel, Gene (1 March 1997). Private Parts/Hard Eight/Donnie Brasco/Smilla's Sense of Snow/Booty Call. Buena Vista Television.
  4. "Booty Call". 1997-02-26. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
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