Naked is a Netflix Original Film starred by Marlon Wayans (known mostly for silly movies like White Chicks and the Scary Movie Saga) and Regina Hall (also known for silly movies like Girls Trip and the Scary Movie Saga). The film tells the story of Rob (Wayans) and Megan (Hall) who are about to get married; but inexplicably, Rob wakes up naked in an elevator with no recollection of how he got there, and finds himself reliving the same hour on his wedding day over and over without being able to make this situation stop until he realizes he needs to “make amends” in order to finally get married to the woman he loves.
We’ve seen this sort of premise in previous films, like Groundhog Day (1993) with a better execution. Naked is not only predictable and defectively written, but it is also the same character we have seen Wayans play in most of his movies with just different clothing and name. The concept of comedy from the Wayan Brothers seems to always hover on being redundant and basic: a combination of physical humour (if you can call it that) with an overload of exaggerated facial gestures to make up of their lack of comedic sensibility or wit. The screenplay of Naked makes no sense at all, why is the elevator some kind of portal? Why is he reliving this particular hour over and over? Rob mentions it must be God who is testing him in order for him to make things right for his bride, so we assume it must be God, and why would we question The Lord’s actions, right?
At the beginning of the film there is a line that says: “When is this nightmare going to end?” Who would’ve thought they would predict what I was thinking while watching it. Although I must say there is one good thing about Naked, and it’s that you don’t have to pay a ticket to go see it, and you can stop it anytime you want to and pick something better to watch from the Netflix catalogue, which wouldn’t be a difficult task.
One wonders, what is the intention behind creating these kind of disposable and inconsequential movies. Why is Netflix cancelling good shows and sponsoring lousy projects like Naked? Who’s whim was it? And, why do we have to pay the consequences of sitting through an atrocious film that will inevitably fall in the category of movies that should have never been made? I don’t have the answer to this, but I do know the audience and Netflix subscribers deserve better.