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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.
"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…
M'agrada aquell Eddie Murphy que s'interpreta a ell mateix, no el que fa sempre el mateix paper, com en aquest cas. Bé, i tampoc és el millor Landis. Però és divertida i mossega més del que sembla.
The original title for the Eddie Murphy helmed comedy masterpiece Trading Places (1983) was Black and White. Those who have never seen Trading Places could get pretty good idea of what the source of conflict is; well kinda. For while Trading Places does focus a lot of time and humor on race, the large satirical jabs are focused on the subject of class. Of course in 1983 class was intrinsically tied to race where as today it's a modicum less so.
Let us start at the beginning; Louis Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) is a pompous Wall Street commodities investor working diligently for Duke and Duke Investing Co. The Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy & Don Ameche) are wealthy but bored, argumentative curmudgeons who…
Ooo I did not like this movie...
I'll start with the good I guess. Eddie Murphy, Denholm Elliot (as Coleman), and Jamie Lee Curtis are all great. The concept is pretty interesting.
Now onto the bad. Its biggest problem (because it's a comedy) is that it just isn't that funny. There are a few chuckle worthy moments, but besides that, nothing. Also, the pacing is HORRIBLE. The scenes have no flow to them and they seem loosely strung together with very little thought. The first 30 minutes felt like a whole 2 hour movie.
The rest is just very bleh. Nothing memorable or worth mentioning.
Another movie that is apparently a product of its time. Whenever I watch these old "funniest movies ever" I am always disappointed. I am also learning that I might not be a big Eddie Murphy fan. I know he is legendary, but I don't think it is funny. Maybe the subversive guy that tells people to fuck off was funny at one point, but now that that is most of TV it doesn't stand out anymore.
I had wanted to see this for a long time because I liked the general idea. I would say it is underdeveloped and shallow so as not to get in the way of the jokes, but with so few attempted jokes that seems misguided.…
A lot of excellence, but the execution leaves much to be desired. The conceit is fascinating and surprisingly, if not particularly overwhelmingly, leftist and trenchant. And there are number of small details, such as the casting of Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy or the specific use of Philadelphia, that make the film stand out. But Landis' direction feels very mechanical, which neuters much of the humor and the cast, execpt for Jaime Lee Curtis and Eddie Murphy (but even his irresistible charisma feels weighted). Things perhaps would've been better off being played straight, as the resulting goofiness distracts without offering any of the strengths of comedy. Thankfully, things get more loose and boisterous when the film moves into caper-screwball mode…
"Just be yourself sir, whatever happens they can't take that away from you."
After previously watching John Landis' "Burke and Hare" a few days ago (which I thought was only ok), I couldn't help but feel the need to revisit one of Landis earlier films and was drawn to this, purely cause I like watching it to beat off the summertime blues, with this beautifully capturing the X-Mas season in New York, but is still able to get away with it from not being a X-Mas based film.
It's always a joy to watch when Eddie Murphy actually puts effort into his acting; maybe giving that when he starred in this he was at his peak and probably hungry to…
Complete list. :-(
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!