Beverly Hills Cop III

Beverly Hills Cop III ★½

It never should have been made, really. Eddie Murphy's heart wasn't in it - partly because his head had gone so far up his arse, probably also because the glass ceiling had yet to be cracked through for African-Americans in Hollywood - and John Landis was never the kind of director to make anything in the spirit of the original. He's on record as saying he was hoping to turn shit into gold by augmenting a terrible script with on-the-set improv, but even if that worked, it wouldn't have solved the serious tonal issues: mostly slapstick comedy and bloodless shootouts in a theme park setting scream 'family movie' but there's enough (poor quality) swearing in the dialogue to secure an R rating, so what audience precisely is it aimed at?