A Gentlemen’s bet! HuZZAH!

The Tale of the Tape:

Louis Winthorpe III and Billy Ray Valentine vs. Mortimer and Randolph Duke

Having lived a privileged life, Louis, more commonly referred to as Winthorpe by the Duke brothers, has not encountered much adversity and runs the commodities firm for the Dukes. After Billy, a con man from the streets played by Eddie Murphy, knocks over Winthorpe, Dan Aykroyd, and goes to hand back Louis’ briefcase, he freaks out saying he is being mugged and calls for the police, a harmless action misinterpreted.

Billy runs around with the briefcase through the ritzy restaurant where the Duke brothers see him being arrested and come up with a wager: Billy can run the company just as well as Winthorpe

Billy tries to act all hard for the guys who are harassing him by stating he is a black belt and he is just waiting for his ladies to bail him out of jail.

The Duke brothers pay for Billy’s release and tell them of their intensions and setup Winthorpe to be arrested! BUM BUM BUM!

This starts his downward spiral to get back Billy after hitting rock bottom

Billy and Winthorpe devise a plan that makes them rich while bankrupting the Duke brothers and insert a HILARIOUS train sequence that involves interspecies relationships with a gorilla and boom! You got yourself a comedy, “Right BILLY RAY?!”

NOOOO!

YES!

“Oh see, I made Louis a bet here. Louis bet me we both couldn’t get rich and put y’all in the poor house at the same time, he didn’t think we could do it. I won.”

“I lost… ONE dollar!”

“Thank you Louis.”

 

America, the place to find everything.. even a wife!

I love to watch comedy movies, movies that make me laugh and I come out of the movie theatre with my stomach hurting from so much laughter. So I decided to pick up Coming to America with Eddie Murphy. If you like Eddie Murphy, you will love this movie! It wasn’t his first, but definitely isn’t his last; he keeps you laughing until the end.

The movie focuses on Eddie Murphy who plays a Prince from a fictitious country called Zamunda. Akeem, Eddie Murphy is in pursuit for a wife, but not an obedient one that his parents have picked out for him so he ventures out with his butler, Semmi who is played by Arsenio Hall to Queens, New York because, “What better place to find a queen than the city of Queens?” said by Eddie Murphy. Because Akeem wants to find someone to love for his personality and not for his money and royal status, he pretends to be a goat herder from Zamunda and they work at McDowell’s, which is a spoof off of McDonalds in the movie.

This is how they arrived to New York City, with all of their fancy clothes, but quickly changed to this..

While working there Eddie Murphy falls in love with Mr. McDowell’s older daughter, Lisa. Akeem doesn’t mind working with the commoners, but his butler doesn’t like it at all so he writes home to his parents the King and Queen to ask for more money, well they got more than that, the King and Queen come to America to bring his son home. After Eddie Murphy’s identity is blown Lisa doesn’t trust him and doesn’t want to marry him, but in the end we find that she comes around and ends up marrying Eddie Murphy back in Zamunda.

Eddie Murphy does a great job in this movie, I loved his accent, it really made the character. I think my favorite part of the film was when they got to New York City and they hail a cab with about ten valet guys with dozens and dozens of Louis Vuitton suitcases. They had no clue to what was before them in their adventure. To some extent it is a family film to watch with your children, there are a few things that you might not want to show them if they are youngsters, but other than that it is good for all ages and sends a good message of finding that one true love in your life.

I think that in respect to content that this movie does hold up to today and we as people now can find ourselves in the same relationships, minus the royalty part. The one thing that doesn’t translate are the costumes, Eddie Murphy’s tails he wears and his rat tail on his head isn’t really the rage right now, but other than that it translates to todays times. Overall, Coming to America is a good choice for a movie if you want a comedy that isn’t dirty like todays movies and has a good plotline.

The ending, Eddie Murphy finally found his Queen.

 

The Heat is on!

 

Trailer

Beverly Hills Cop, a movie from the year 1984, displayed a story about a Detroit police officer who doesn’t quite fit in with the culture in Beverly Hills when dealing with a murder case.

Before this film, Eddie Murphy was not really well known, but this movie definitely increased his popularity and portrayed his comedic genious persona.

The cop has this kind of cocky, but funny personality that amuses the audience. Murphy exudes this cheeky character, but manages to compliment this behavior with comedic instances that really entertain anyone who watches this film.

Hilarious scene from movie

In addition, like Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop also has a soundtrack that became extremely popular in the 80’s and even today. When I heard the opening song to this movie, I could not believe this was where the song came from. I have heard it in recent movies and in games, but I would have never assumed it originated from this film. The song has this mixture of pop and like techno, which is odd, but it somehow manages to be really catchy (allowing it to still be popular today).

Theme song

The song is really uplifting and fun.  It’s got a tune one can easily sing and hum. The beats and tune allow it to be really different from other songs at the time, but it also becomes a bit messy and entertaining. Sort of how the main character of the film is. The theme song of this film really resembles that to Axel’s character.

It’s a shame, because I feel like Eddie Murphy’s talent is so visible in this movie and now it seems to have died down. The movies he makes today are no comparison to Beverly Hills Cop. Today, I think a lot of people would agree that this film has to be one of the best and most entertaining cop films.

 

Bad Guys in Beverly Hills Have the Worst Aim

Beverly Hills Cop is essentially a tale of two cities. Director Martin Brest throws Detroit Detective Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) into cushy Beverly Hills, and in turn pits the culture of the two cities against each other. Right away the film opens on Detroit, a city featured in many cop films, including the one I did my previous post on: Robocop. Like Robocop, this film portrays Detroit as a dirty city covered with graffiti, with poor/blue collar citizens hanging out in the streets. But Brest makes this Detroit seem a lot friendlier than the one Paul Verhoeven shows in Robocop. The citizens, both children and adults, are socializing with their friends and appear to be having fun. This set up during the credit sequence is necessary, as Beverly Hills Cop is a comedy first and an action film second; Brest wanted to create a fun and lighthearted atmosphere.

The audience is introduced to Axel as soon as the opening credit sequence is over, though he is not revealed to be a cop until after he botches an (unauthorized) undercover job and is subsequently chewed out by his boss. This introduction shows the type of character Axel is, and his cunning, not-by-the-book way of policing holds up after he takes his “vacation” to Beverly Hills to investigate the murder of his best friend.

Axel’s arrival in Beverly Hills mirrors the opening credits, and shows that Axel is a fish out of water. Driving into the city he is followed by a classic car, with palm trees lining the road. The buildings are gorgeous and gated, the stores are as ritzy as can be, and all of the cars put his “crappy blue Chevy Nova” to shame. The more obvious comparison comes when he meets the Beverly Hills police. Although he is a detective, Axel dresses very blue collar; the entire film he is wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. Conversely all of the upper level Beverly Hills cops are stuffy guys in suits.

We’re taught never to judge a book by its cover, but the differences in how Axel and Taggart dress tells us all about their differences in character.

In the end though it’s Axel’s way of policing that saves the day. Detectives Taggart and Rosewood follow Axel’s lead into an enemy’s house without a search warrant, and even their Lieutenant lies to the Chief about what happened. This all comes after an hour and a half of the Beverly Hills cops telling Axel that they do things by the book, and do not lie about what transpires on cases. Their proper way of policing truthfully makes them look like fools; while being shot at Rosewood actually stands up with his badge in the air and proclaims, “POLICE! YOU’RE ALL UNDER ARREST!” The result though is deeper than telling the audience that the backdoor way of doing things trumps doing things the right way. Axel shows the Beverly Hills cops friendship. He shows them that being cops makes them brothers, and that they are allowed to bend the rules because it’s how they look out for one another.

The film also provides us with a legendary theme song, that 20+ years laters kids will recognize as the song from Family Guy that Peter dances to when he goes back in time…

In honor of SNL premiering this week

 

After the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players (Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Ayckroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radnor, etc.) left Saturday Night Live, there was a great deal of concern that the new performers replacing them would not be up to scratch.  After all, how do you replace the greatness of that line-up and the material they presented?

Folks needed not to worry–SNL in the 80s featured a troupe of performers who were able to handle the pressure, and while most of them aren’t household names like the original players (Brad Hall, Mary Gross, Joe Piscopo), others have managed to transcend the decades (Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss).

In honor of SNL premiering this Saturday, here is a clip of Eddie Murphy, who defined SNL in the 80s and then became the biggest box office draw in the late 80s, doing one of his stand-up routines.