Retro Rewind: ‘B*A*P*S’


Welcome to another edition of ‘Retro Rewind‘, the TGJ original feature launched to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today, our journey takes us to 1997. Our destination? ‘B*A*P*S’, the New Line Cinema movie starring Halle Berry.

The movie tells the tale of two young women who become ‘Black American Princesses’ after auditioning for a music video in Los Angeles to raise money for the hair salon/soul food spot they hope to create.

It isn’t long before their trip to the West Coast sees them thrown into a sinister plot to milk a millionaire’s fortune.

Unfortunately, it failed to recoup its 10 million dollar budget after its release (it picked up $7,338,229) but, as many will agree, worked wonders for Berry’s diverse filmography.

On ‘B.A.P.S’ and her poorly received ‘Catwoman’:

I had such high hopes for that movie (Catwoman). It seemed like a good idea. Men have done it. But our story just wasn’t good enough. But I will tell you one thing that has helped me deal with the failure of that: Critics bashed it, but people come up to me now and either they say, ‘I loved you in the movie B.A.P.S,’ which is a comedy that I did, or they say, ‘I don’t care what anybody says, I liked Catwoman.’ Nobody ever says, ‘I really loved Monster’s Ball.’ Nobody. No. Body. Nobody!

Your thoughts?



  1. March 19, 2016 at 9:06 am
    blue says:

    i l o v e d! B.a.p.s!!!! And loved catwoman even more! The bedroom scene when they went to check on the old to see if he was dead or not…hilarious! And the firing scene in catwoman with the remix of the apology…classic

  2. March 19, 2016 at 10:21 am
    trose says:

    This is a true cult classic thank u for paying homage to this hilarious movie!!!

  3. March 19, 2016 at 11:03 am
    trellbeylike says:

    B.a.p.s is a classic! Definitely my favorite Halle berry movie!

  4. March 19, 2016 at 11:42 am
    Regina George says:

    This is one of my mom’s FAVORITE movies! She always cries at the end… SOOOO underrated… Hilarious with a heartfelt message!! I lived for Necey!!! DONT STOP GET IT GET!!! LEAD THE WAY ALFRED!!! YOU KNO!! BATMAN’S HOOOOMEBOY!!!! I could go on forever!!! LOVE!

    • March 21, 2016 at 11:16 am
      StarXavi says:


  5. March 19, 2016 at 11:46 am
    Okayyyy says:

    I never really cared for any of Halle’s movies but I. LOVE. THIS. MOVIEEEE… This has to be my favorite Halle Berry movie too.

  6. March 19, 2016 at 10:44 pm
    Tran anti no honey love time but it okay girl says:

    Just saw the movie last week and it’s funny good movie not bad and I know its old 90’s comdey movie

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