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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…
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.…
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.
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. - IMDb
It's funny to me that when you think about it, back in the time that Trading Places was made and around that area, are pretty much still the same as now. What I mean by that is they just pair up comedic actors of the time and make a movie. Guess they've always done that? I dunno.
For what it's worth it's entertaining. Holds up as much as it can for this day and age. You'd compare it to other Eddie Murphy movies before Dan Aykroyd's work. In saying that, it sits somewhere in the middle. It's no Coming to America or Beverly Hills Cop.
This was one of the first “films for adults” (as opposed to “adult films”) that I saw in the cinema. Profanity, drug use, attempted suicide, nudity (yes, like many, Jamie Lee Curtis’s boobs were a defining moment of my formative cinematic youth). The film is awesome. Ye,s it was certainly ruder and bawdier than any other films I’d seen at time, but it was also one of the funniest…and (as I came to realise with the passing of time) quite effortlessly clever and insightful. Rex Reed called it, “an updated Frank Capra with four-letter words, and I can think of no higher praise than that". And neither can I. It’s inspiration goes back even further – via Hoi Polloi ,…
PYGMALION with blackface and ape rape (mutually exclusive, of course).
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…