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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…
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.
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…
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.
Inescapably hokey on a script level, though that doesn't matter much when you have the combo of Landis' direction and this comedic cast. Landis is maybe too overeager in how he moves the camera but the very meticulous color schemes and slapstick sound design give the film a richness. As for the acting, this is not only Aykroyd and Murphy at the tops of their games. It's also Curtis' being hilarious, which she wasn't allowed to be often enough, and so hot (which she always is). And it's a hysterical Denholm Elliott (who is this movie). And a deep bench of small roles/cameos, from Franken & Davis to Frank Oz to Belushi the younger. They clown, they throw away home run…
Eddie Murphy and director John Landis collaborated to create one of my favorite comedies of all time "Coming to America", so when I ran across Trading Places on Netflix, I was immediately interested. Performance-wise this flick is solid, with Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis sharing charming chemistry. The story is intricate and packed tight, definitely being the films strongsuit in my opinion. The humor doesn't always land, but when it does it generates good laughs. Trading Places is extremely stylish and witty throughout most of its running time.
It is unreal how racist this movie is.
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…
great money flick. Charlie Murphy had great money making form!
Man, this is awsome.
Where that film was, simple, without much technology? These comedies, no sexual jokes or farts? Where were those comedies without the stupid Jack Black as the master of comedy film?
"Mother fucker? Moi?"
Thumbs up: (The young) Jamie Lee Curtis in topless <3
Boy it feels like ages from I have written a review here, because I have been doing video reviews recently. But I enjoy written format still! My parents have talked of this film, and I think the hype of its hilarity didnt pay off as much as I wanted, but Murphey and Ackroyd still make the film funny and worthwhile. It is quite a funny dilemma, to see their lives getting swapped round and I also loved how Jamie Lee Curtis came into the film (flashing away). Trading Places is another one of those classic 80's American comedies such as Coming to America, Stir Crazy and Naked Gun, and definitely provides some laughs!
A comedic attack on the consumerist, money-mad decade that was the 80s, by a team that were all huge in the 80s; director John Landis, Eddie Murphy, Dan Akyroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis' tits. I had a blast watching it (my first time), it isn't consistently hilarious like I imagined but it is consistently entertaining. You get a blacked up Dan Akyroyd, a clearly fake gorilla and did I mention Jamie Lee Curtis' tits?
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