Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
An existential horror movie about the 1% shadow ruling class that would make a great triple feature with Eyes Wide Shut and Society. Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche seriously spooked the hell out of me, tapping their unlimited wealth to ruin lives like some kind of sick game. As one broke jerk who eats spaghetti almost every day, I found it hard not to seethe during most of Dan Aykroyd's opening scenes. He treats his butler like a slave, hangs with a secret society of stockbrokers straight out of some Illuminati conspiracy theorist wet dream, and turns down invitations to play squash.
Fortunately, once Eddie Murphy elbows into high society and breaks a $35,000 vase, the movie begins to shine.…
Slightly late Christmas tradition.
Great. Everybody was still great.
Aah, the Eighties. What's a bit of casual racism between friends?
I like this more than I should, possibly because it is classic 80s fare.
Magnífica comedia a la vieja usanza, hoy todo un clásico de los años 80.
Ya desde los memorables créditos iniciales a los sones de la obertura de Las bodas de Fígaro, de Mozart, asistimos a un festival de casi dos horas de diversión. El guión es un prodigio de solidez y los gags son del todo afortunados. La implicación del espectador con los personajes de Aycroyd y Murphy –aquí en su justa medida, mérito anotable al director John Landis- es total.
Still mildly amusing but has lost something as it's aged. JLCs tits remain amazing and I still don't understand the end bit in the stock exchange.
My review -- this cultural comedy is now on DVD and yes it does have a solid profit margin of roughly $75 million. The basic plot is this, the audience meets Louis Winthorpe III [Caucasian,] that is a highly successful businessman and is planning to get married. But conversely the audience also meets Billy Ray Valentine [African-American,] that is pretty much doing anything for a quick dollar. The final pairing of characters we meet are Louis Winthorpe III's bosses where they have a wager to see if they can take this African-American and change him to a higher standard of living like the Caucasian male and conversely take the Caucasian male and push him down the pecking order of society.…
One of the better films within this genre.
Aykroyd and Murphy are great foils for each other, both just eccentric enough, both very engaging, and this is pretty strong comedy. A pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good social satire.
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