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Some very funny business.
A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
John Landis's "Trading Places" is one of those comedies that, when it works, works fantastically. When it does not work, the film sags slightly. Still, thanks to its stars and the care with which the film was made, "Trading Places" is a sturdy and likable piece of work.
A riff on "The Prince and the Pauper," "Trading Places" follows Eddie Murphy's homeless conman and Dan Aykroyd's wealthy stockbroker as they switch places thanks to a bet placed by two old codgers. It is an appealing rags-to-riches, riches-to-rags story that culminates with Murphy and Aykroyd working together for comic justice.
Landis allows the film to take its time in getting where its going. "Trading Places" is never lean and borders on…
Trading Places marked the start of Eddie Murphy's assault to own the eighties. In only his second film after 48 Hrs he would arrive amid a sea of profanity and endear himself to a public ready for a new comedy hero.
Trading Places also marked the end of John Landis's stellar four film combo that began back in 78' with Animal House and continued through The Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf In London before finally crashing after this one. Saturday Night Live regulars Dan Aykroyd and new boy Murphy became comedy gold in this tale of scheming brothers and their personal bets about nurture over nature. Aykroyd, a wealthy successful broker for the Duke Brothers is thrust into a…
Back in the '80s, there were two tapes that were guaranteed to be worn away thanks to endless pausing, rewinding and fast forwarding, albeit for two very different reasons.
One was The Omen, for the scene where David Warner gets decapitated.
And the other was this, Trading Places, for the moment Jamie Lee Curtis got her boobs out.
Oh, right, Eddie Murphy was really funny once upon a time. His upward climb inspires many more laughs than does Aykroyd's downward spiral, though both contribute to one of the most unabashedly (yet casually) leftist Hollywood movies ever made, which comes down hard in favor of Bellamy's thesis about environment mattering much more than genetics. Even more trenchant than Louis turning to crime in response to his deprivation is the way that Billy Ray instantly re-evaluates his entire worldview upon becoming a property owner; without making a big fuss that would detract from the comedy, Trading Places starkly illustrates how easy it is to become callous once you have something worthwhile to lose. Wish the third act didn't waste so much energy on stillborn gags involving goofy costumes (Jamaican blackface? really?) and horny gorillas, though.
An attack on its decade that totally embodies the filmmaking values of that decade - like so many hits from the decade that elected a movie star President on the promise of returning to an idealized past that only ever existed in the movies, Trading Places is a classical Hollywood narrative (in this case, equal parts Preston Sturges and Frank Capra) with an '80s makeover. That the movie has a sense of affection for old Hollywood gives its still-relevant contempt for old, rich white men extra sting, particularly in the casting of Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy as the villains. Their instant likeability and the nostalgia older audience members must have felt seeing them onscreen gives the moment when Eddie…
First film up in my own little way of getting into the Christmas spirit. ( I'm assuming everyone have seen this one, so I could throw some spoilers at you) And what says Christmas more than an 80s flick containing of two old racist farts, a happy cool prostitute, your typical depressed guy getting drunk in a Santa suite, drugs and women carelessly showing their breasts?... The eighties was sure a strange decade, and this is what I watched growing up? And isn't it kind of creepy that I know this movie by heart even though I haven't watched the whole thing since my teens? It all just came back to me when I pressed play, making me see myself…
Holds up very well to today. Great historical shots of the Philly city-scene capturing non-exaggerated 80s life. Hilarious and very well done. A true gem.
"Trading Places" was actually a very pleasant surprise to me. I heard a lot of good things but I didn't know just how good it is. This is a movie that manages to stay funny and relevant today. Yes there are outdated things about this movie but, for the most part, it holds up real well. This has now become one of my favorite comedies,not just of the 80's, but of all time.
Here's the thing with Trading Places, it's from a time where Eddie Murphy was hilarious, and he is in Trading Places. I like Dan Aykroyd in some things but I have to admit that I had to learn to like his character in this. Trading Places has a plot that I've kind of seen before but this was way better. Two millionaires want to have a bit of fun so they make a bet. The bet is that one of their best workers would turn to violence if he was out on the street with no job and no home and that a homeless person could run their business if he was in the other mans shoes. Dan Aykroyd plays…
For the first 80 minutes it's fairly amusing. Eddie Murphy has a funny introduction. I get that Dan Aykroyd is supposed to play it over the top but the way he plays this ignorant rich dude it gets a little annoying after a while. Jaime Lee Curtis... DAMN! That's all there is to say about that. But it does drag on mostly for the first 80 minutes and it's mostly chuckle worthy, not haha funny.
But after 80 minutes the pace picks up, it becomes much funnier and the payoff is a lot of fun. It slogged a little to get there but in the end it was worth it.
The idea is outrageous and contrived, however, the writing is top notched and Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd make the best of it. It's light on the satire attacking the money hungry Regan 80's but the laughs begin early and never stop.
Todo funciona. Pero hay veces que la comedia está demasiado forzada, como la fiesta de disfraces en el tren, que se esfuerza demasiado. Pero qué carisma Eddie Murphy. Mucho.
Trading Places is one of the all time great comedies, which pits Aykroyd against Murphy in a battle to establish identity. But all is not as it seems as both characters strive to please there mutual employers by discrediting the other. Fantastic performances from Murphy and Aykroyd, not to mention the late Denholm Elliott as the Butler Coleman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, and Don Ameche. A movie I could watch every single day of the week and still enjoy it. A classic.
Still great. Oh John Landis, your star shone so brilliantly, so briefly...
John Landis Ranked:
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- Ace in the Hole
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