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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 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.…
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…
Rich boy and poor boy swap lives. The only reason for using a plotline as primitive as this is to give two improvisational comics like Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy plenty of room to maneuver. But director John Landis is so deficient in basic storytelling skills that he must spend hours explicating the most elementary plot points while Aykroyd and Murphy are sidelined. Like Arthur, this 1983 film re-creates a screwball comedy format and then eliminates everything but the crudest audience-gratification elements; any incursions into the more morally complicated side of the genre are quickly curtailed. Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche, as the two unshaded villains, provide the appropriate 30s reference point; Jamie Lee Curtis, a strong and intelligent performer elsewhere, here succumbs to Landis's penchant for turning all his heroines into busty bunnies. With Denholm Elliott and Jim Belushi.
Once you think of a Christmas movie, this is one is at the top position, there's no Christmas eve without Trading Places!!!. Probably I've seen more than ten times and it never disappoints me.
I love John Landis a director, he puts a nice spin on comedy which few other directors can pull off. Trading Places, not one of is best films, but not too shabby either, gave me a few laughs, especially from Dan Aykroyd who I adore. The film wasn't helped by the fact I find Eddie Murphy tremendously unfunny, which is only my opinion but it still really took away from the pleasure of the film. Trading Places follows a small time street conman and a big time managing director, as a strange series of events causes them to swap lives. I was immediately hooked by this concept, interested to see how it would pan out, which was a good sign…
Trading Places is a comedy I can never get tired of watching for the simple premise and comedic performances among the cast. The wager between the Duke brothers begin after Louis has Billy Ray charged for stealing his briefcase. It’s a completely overblown charge as Billy Ray just happened to bump into him and is completely innocent, but the repulsive elitist and his snobby club brethren watch the cops take him away. This leads to Mortimer believing that Billy Ray would be just as good as Louis at calling the shots in the commodity markets and they bail Billy Ray out and hire him….and also have Louis get fired and have everything taken away from him, giving it to Billy…
“Don’t put your Kools out on the rug!” is probably my favorite line of dialogue I have heard this year. I have seen “Trading Places” before (it has been years), but watching it again recently has really elevated my appreciation of the story of two men literally switching places. Eddie Murphy stars as Billy Ray Valentine, a low life con artist who is introduced in the film riding a board and hiding the fact that he indeed has legs. Dan Aykroyd stars as Louis Winthorpe III, a pampered and spoiled Philadelphia based investor. On a whim, one of Winthorpe’s bosses thinks that he can make anyone rich, powerful, and successful with just a opportunity, so he bets his brother that…
As I said in my review of 48 Hrs., 80s era Eddie Murphy has never really done anything for me. I've never really found him all that funny around his peak, even though I do love his time at SNL. Well, that might be because I hadn't seen Trading Places before.
Murphy here really cracked me up. He's so high-energy and his disbelief of his situation is both a perfect reaction to his good luck and also just very funny. At the same time, snobby douchebag is a niche that Dan Aykroyd should've taken more advantage of. I found the parallel of one man going up and one man going down here to be very nicely handled and almost always…
Trading Places has some decent gags, but it's just way too bogged down in filler and never jumps off the screen at all. The padded running time fulfills an obligation to no one that the story make sense on paper or something.
Nearly 30 years on and this comedy is still as funny and engaging as ever, with a stellar cast. A prime example of "they don't make 'em like that any more."
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