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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…
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 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…
Back in the late 70's/early 80's John Landis was a man on white hot form, Animal House, An American Werewolf In London, The Blues Brothers and Trading Places. That's a pretty good run, Trading Places isn't my favourite (that would go to American Werewolf In London) but it's core conceit makes for a very entertaining movie.
If the film has taught me anything, it's that you should never trust very rich, racist old men, especially ones called Randolph and Mortimer! I love that these old men are willing to bet one dollar to basically play god for a bit, completely ruining one man's entire life in the process, exceptional villianary there.
Aykroyd and Murphy are great as well, Murphy in…
The lesson here: if you're going to bribe someone, don't leave a paper trail. And if you're going to receive a bribe, don't have the checks written out to your real name. Also: only cast young Eddie Murphy in your comedy if you want to make a really good one that will stand the test of time as one of the defining movies of its decade.
Feeling good and looking good on blu ray
Comedic masterpiece that I enjoy 100x more than I did when I was a teenager and it played on Comedy Central. Back then I found it too hard to watch Dan Ayrkoyd's character lose his pampered life through no fault of his own. Apparently I thought one day I too would be excessively rich and did not want to see anything like that happen to me. That's also why I was a Republican for my first Presidential election. Voted for Nader anyway.
There's something about "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" that I find incredibly sad. Same with "Auld Lang Syne". Here the former is used during Ackroyd's breakdown and I feel like it's been used in the background of other morose Christmas-set scenes. HOME ALONE?
Very enjoyable. The third act with the trading was a bit confusing, but I might just be too stupid to follow. Aykroyd and Murphy have really nice chemistry and both play very likable main characters.
Mai visto tutto questo film...mai..e lo passano ogni natale..
Man comedies have changed. Nowadays every scene has to have a joke in it while here I was more interested in the simple yet not-uninteresting narrative than the few jokes. Also, blackface alert.
If a movie probably wouldn't get released in its original form a mere 3 decades later because people are too uptight and stupid to understand the difference between being racist and using racism as a tool to mock how stupid it is, it's probably a good movie.
Apparently what passed for humor in 1983 is completely alien to me.
John Landis has directed a brilliant original screenplay by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod.
Eddie Murphy is absolutely hilarious as a street hustler that was placed in the world of options trading by a couple of old farts who just like to bet with each other. Of course on the opposite side, the real options trader, Dan Aykroyd, is dumped on the street. Coming to save the day is Jamie Lee Curtis, who is funny and hot as a prostitute who feels sorry for Winthorpe (Ackroyd). Denholm Elliott is positively lovable as the butler. Don Ameche and Ralph Bellemy play the betting Duke brothers.
Gotta love Jamie Lee Curtis and 80s Eddie Murphy. I'm honestly surprised that I'd never seen this before, seeing as it's a perennial family favourite for so many people. It takes a bit too long to get going and there are definitely segments that could be cut out, but there's just something so charming about this cast and the plot that you can't help but smile when they're all on screen.
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