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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Dan Aykroyd
Eddie Murphy
Ralph Bellamy
Don Ameche
Jamie Lee Curtis.
Directors
John Landis.
Screenwriters
Timothy Harris
Herschel Weingrod.
Running Time
118 minutes

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Trading Places
Rags to riches and riches to rags in this role reversing comedy


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Plot
Brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke are wealthy commodity brokers, who decide to mix one of their bets with a little social experiment. So after setting up one of their leading employees, Louis, for crimes he didn't commit, they give his job and home to a homeless hustler, to see what happens to both of them.


Review
A fish-out-of water comedy employing the old role-reversal ruse, Aykroyd is the aristocratic guru of a commodity brokerage owned by two conniving elderly brothers (Bellamy and Ameche) who gets sucked into a Prince And The Pauper life swap with street hustler Eddie Murphy, the result of a wager.

Saturday Night Live activist Murphy, capitalising on the promise he showed in 48 HRS, steals the show as the quick-witted Billy Ray Valentine in what is certainly more mainstream fare than the earlier SNL staffed capers, enhanced by a sort of fairytale factor as the riches-to-rags Aykroyd teams up with hooker Jamie Lee Curtis (wife of SNL's Christopher Guest, incidentally) to exact revenge


Verdict
The Saturday Night Live veterans Murphy and Ackroyd are the show-stealers here in this decent family comedy.


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Family Comedy?!

First off, this is NOT a family comedy. And is more then DECENT. Since when can a family film have swearing, breasts, drugs and even some mildy racist language? Still, this is another Eddie Murphy comedy film from the 80's. And he does super-fine. Aykroyd is also very good as the richie-turned-poor. But the show stealer is the short but funny character, Clarence Beaks. In the end though, this ends up being a funny and light-hearted piece of comedic genius from Landis (An American Werewolf In Lon... More

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Posted by lostboys96 at 23:16, 04 February 2012 | Report This Post


4 Stars???

A "decent family comedy"? First off, this is an exceptional comedy. The term "decent" doesn't do this movie justice. Second, is this really considered a "family comedy"? I'm not sure about anyone else, but when a movie features a prostitute who bares her breasts, drug & alcohol use and at least one "n" bomb, I don't think that qualifies as a good ol' fashioned family movie. This is definitely an adult comedy for the ages. ... More

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Posted by Turd Ferguson at 22:11, 03 August 2011 | Report This Post


This still is a highly enjoyable, typical `80`s film from a period when Eddie Muprhy still was funny. Have seen numerous times already but it`s still a fun watch. 7,0/10 ... More

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I'm a karate man! ... More

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Posted by Cujo at 00:27, 16 December 2008 | Report This Post


One of my favourite films of all time. 4 stars Empire? "Do you know who you're fucking with? DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU'RE FUCKING WITH!?! IN CELL BLOCK 4...ON THE 9th FLOOR..." ... More

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Posted by Pat Roach at 13:00, 18 October 2008 | Report This Post


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