Eddie Murphy in the 80s

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Holy shit I want that University of the United States shirt!!!!

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 21 January 2010 02:32 (nine years ago) link

Trading Places, really? that's one of those movies that i'll watch for 5 minutes, then get bored and change the channel, never thought it was as highly regarded as Coming To America, or even 48 Hrs

some dude, Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:23 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

Raw has a lot of great stuff but it feels pretty mean-spirited some of the time. It also has fewer jokes.

A great deal of Raw is sexist and mean-spirited as all hell. The whole middle third is unwatchable. It's like instead of watching Richard Pryor talk about having a horrible argument with his wife in which the cops get called, we actually have to watch the argument itself. It's human, I suppose, but no less appalling because of it. So you're angry at uppity women who want your vast riches. So fuck you. Who cares.

BUT. When he gets angry at people who are worthy targets, he's fantastic. The whole last ten minutes of this movie are symphonically funny, the way maybe only Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby are. It starts with the new rules for Lillian, and builds to having to wear Twister mats to school. (Sorry I can't find a clip of the whole bit.) Weeping, blowing-your-nose funny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXU4OsuLM60

kenan, Saturday, 18 September 2010 08:48 (eight years ago) link

raw is fucked up as all hell but it's funny as shit

J0rdan S., Saturday, 18 September 2010 08:49 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

My wife had never seen "Trading Places," so we watched it last week. Well, most of it - once it got to the train and the gorilla and James Belushi at the end I was all, fuck this, is doesn't get any better, this is the worst ending to a great comedy since "Stripes." My wife's reaction to Eddie in his early, more OTT scenes is that it was a sort of uncomfortably racist caricature. But then the character early on is OTT, just as Aykroyd is. "Trading Places" is not subtle.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 September 2013 14:13 (five years ago) link

Interesting comparison; I hadn't thought about the Trading Places ending being bad, just incomprehensible, not knowing how commodities trading works. Had decent energy, though. Now that I think about it, the Stripes ending did pretty much suck.

And yeah, definitely not much subtlety in the film, but this is probably my favorite moment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emvySA1-3t8

hopping and bopping to the krokodil rot (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 29 September 2013 14:28 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

This year I've decided to reply "What?" to anyone who wishes me merry Christmas.

Ste, Monday, 11 December 2017 13:47 (one year ago) link

it's funny as shit

not very reassuring

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 11 December 2017 19:33 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

When slave resister Nat Turner recently went viral, I humbly asked @SNLSnippets to post Eddie Murphy's "Kill The White People" as a tribute. They may not have it, so here it is. https://t.co/sb4gfyCV9P

— Dennis Perrin (@DennisThePerrin) April 13, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 April 2019 12:26 (three months ago) link


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