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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…
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…
My enjoyment far outweighs the quality of this film.
A socio-economic satire that shows how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. It also shows how money and stature are mere gimmicks. Playing with them is just as easy as getting fucked by them.
I wanna fuck you John Landis.
Ancient story applied to the problems of today and sadly very relevant decades later. I had the pleasure of watching this on bluray again and those old buildings look amazing.
This movies I find it out, and rewatch again. After rewatch this movies, this movies still can make me laugh out loud, although i know it story of things.
this is what classic movies go through, when time pass by
In this movies, i have continue to figure out what is a free market. therefore, American really a country quite impressive of all time.
A movie where two old rich republicans go for an experience in social differences. They switch a rich snob guy with a poor slob in order to proof each their points that it's either where you were born or the type of education you get that make you who you are. In the end however they get steamrolled by both of the men they used in the experiment. Showing a USA which no longer is around, the movie in look is dated however the ideas mention by both side are very still of actually today and very relevant to our world.
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.
Directed by John Landis.
Written by Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod.
Cast includes Dan Akroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Holby, Paul Gleason.
Released in 1983, an American Comedy that has a running time of 118 minutes and is an 18 rating.
Whilst I love and enjoy movies of most type, I often seem to discover that I have failed to watch many classic movies that my friends, family and favorite critics have watched. I have regularly attempted to add these films to my Watchlist on Letterboxd, as a reminder to attempt to watch them. One of the films I have included on my Watchlist was this classic comedy, directed by John…
While it's overall a good film, Trading Places isn't particularly funny... Though the story is intriguing which keeps it afloat. Eddie Murphy was fun while Akroyd was annoying. Classic but far from other favorites like 48 Hrs. or Beverly Hills Cop (ironically both starring Murphy of course).
Could See, C+
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