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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…
"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.
Even though this film is over 30 years old, its theme is just as funny and poignant as it was back then. Eddie Murphy is astounding and completely steals the film in every way, shape, and form.
Fun but a bit controversial.
Why do I always neglect to mention Dan Aykroyd blacking up in this film? Precedes Robert Downey Jr's efforts by nearly twenty five years!
I was so positive that I had seen this film before as it seems to have become a comedy classic, but thinking about it I really couldn't remember a single moment from this film and I realized that I had never seen it! So how has it aged?
Pretty well actually. I have to say I can see why the film is remembered so fondly. The plot is wacky but grounded enough to get some good bits out of it, and our comedy duo portrays their characters with lots of energy and with great comedic timing. Eddie Murphy especially really shows why he was once one of the staples of mainstream comedy. He is able to be so suave and…
Funny film, lol.
Dan Akroyd running through a party dressed as a homeless Santa Claus while waving a gun is pure comedy gold.
Also, this goes to some surprisingly dark places that I truly didn't expect. Watching the continual downfall of Louie was almost kinda depressing, but funny. If you're a fan of dark comedy those bits really stand out and work. While the train scene is incredibly racist, I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard.
I must say this is an enjoyable movie but has a few off color lines which don't age very well. But it has a strong cast who have some good chemistry and a witty satire on the wealthy and the working class. I enjoy it but I do not love this movie.
I don't know if i was paying attention or not but I didn't laugh, i didn't understand what was going on and I was very very confused. Maybe it's good? I don't know.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!