A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
"Here. One dollar."
Class and race and gender and labor and no matter how many times I see this it's one of the greatest American comedies ever made.
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.
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…
Trading Places is a movie that probably couldn't be made nowadays. Partly because of its brutally honest social commentary, audiences only like dumb humor nowadays. But on the other spectrum this could be seen as racist. And name the last racist movie to come out. No I'm not talking about some movie that has jokes on the level of "ha ha, he's black". I'm talking about a comedy that isn't racist just to be racist. It has a purpose, it has something to say. That's this movie.
It's also interesting how at the time both Aykroyd and Murphy were comedy royalty. Nowadays they're lucky to get a cameo. This most certainly adds to the impossibility of this movie today.
awesomely funny tale of reversal of fortunes
Quintessential comedy of a type that honestly would not be made any more simply because its social commentary cuts so deep and speaks to such truths that mainstream audiences wouldn't be comfortable watching it. All the players are on point here with subtle comedy that never really goes over the top (except for that ape bit which really seems out of place.) I enjoyed the first couple acts a bit more where everyone is dealing with the role-reversal story but there is something richly satisfying about the revenge story and the conclusion. Bonus points for being the first movie that I can remember to use the selling of stock futures as a plot point that pays off quite well. Really nothing to complain about here.
I took a star off what I would have given it, for the blackface.
for me this is ackroyds best performance.
Eddie Murphy nunca me había caído tan bien.
trading places was a comedy that wasn't very funny to me but maybe it just didn't age well?? this movie was too long and i had to watch dan aykroyd do black face and say the n word
"You want me to break somethin' else?" "Noooooo"
Trading Places is a biting, yet hilarious social commentary film, dealing with both class and race issues. When I generally think of the movie, I don't think of it in this light however. It's just a wonderfully fun comedy with a great story and an even greater cast. I love these early Eddie Murphy films and Dan Aykroyd is near perfect in this type of snooty role. It's no wonder he was later cast as the voice of the bee in Antz. The score of Trading Places is equally perfect and intentionally pretentiously snooty.
This film has some of my favorite situational comedy in any movie and has some great lines that…
A medio camino entre la comedia y la fábula moral, una película impecable en su ejecución. Uh uh mola
I watched this on Region A DVD.
I've seen this film countless times and it never fails to make me laugh, I've had a pretty awful day and this film cheered me up immensely.
The plot of this film follows Louis Winthorpe III played by Dan Aykroyd, a high class roller who doesn't care about anyone who hasn't got money. His counterpart is Billy Ray Valentine played by Eddie Murphy, a poor homeless man who has got nothing. A dirty tactic by two millionaires, leads both characters to swap lives for a small bet. Like I said in my opening, this film never fails to make me laugh. It's a rags to riches story for both characters but just different…
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.