Screen Junkies » norbit http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:57:52 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 John Landis Doesn’t Know If Eddie Murphy Wants To Be Funny Anymore http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-landis-doesnt-know-if-eddie-murphy-wants-to-be-funny-anymore/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-landis-doesnt-know-if-eddie-murphy-wants-to-be-funny-anymore/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 23:01:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237686 If Eddie doesn't want to be funny, that would explain a lot of his films.

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Having directed Eddie Murphy in both Trading Places and Coming to America, John Landis claims that he saw a marked change in the funnyman in the years in between the two projects. He claims that Eddie turned into “kind of a jerk” while filming the latter, leading Landis to believe that perhaps he didn’t want to be funny then, in 1988, and he might still not want to be funny now.

Eddie’s filmography since 1988 lends credence to this argument. Since 1988, Murphy’s catalog has consisted of almost nothing in the vicinty of “funny,” save for The Distinguished Gentleman in 1992, which was 19 years ago… and maybe Bowfinger.

While this is certainly just one man’s opinion, I can’t imagine a more qualified source than that of Landis, who knows both comedy and Murphy. If Landis is wrong and Murphy still wants to be funny, there’s still the question of whether or not he’s capable of it. Did he want to be funny in Norbit?

We hope not, but you be the judge.

Oh sweet Christ.

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Eddie Murphy’s 9 Worst Moments http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/eddie-murphys-nine-worst-moments/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/eddie-murphys-nine-worst-moments/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:00:57 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234924 You can't have a rainbow without the rain. That said, we probably could have had 'Trading Places' without 'Pluto Nash'.

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Comedy legend Eddie Murphy returns to the big screen this weekend in Tower Heist. With a career spanning 30 years, there are plenty of great moments to choose from. But with the good comes a whole lot of bad, and in this case, that means almost everything from 1990 onward. To help you avoid the low lights, we’ve assembled nine of his worst works on one helpful list. Just steer clear of these while on Amazon or Netflix, and you’re Golden, Child. Ugh.

And to be clear, we’re not just kicking a man when he’s down. Check out 9 Reasons Eddie Murphy Is A Comic Genius.

Another 48 Hours

Walter Hill‘s 48 Hours is an action comedy classic. It’s surprisingly violent for the genre, and it features a “star is born” performance from Eddie Murphy, only a couple years before he took over the world with Beverly Hills Cop. This 1990 follow up had the same director and stars, but none of the urgency or hunger. The film winds up feeling as lazy as its title, with the same bits redone over and over. The ending is kind of fun, but this movie is the beginning of a long decline for Eddie.

The Haunted Mansion

In the summer of 2003, Disney had a surprise smash hit with a film adaptation of one of their famous theme park rides, Pirates of the Caribbean. They must of been super excited knowing they had this comedy take on another of their classic rides waiting in the wings for the fall. And then The Haunted Mansion opened and fell like a rock. The Pirates franchise spawned three hit sequels, with more on the way. The Haunted Mansion continues to be a popular ride at Disney World, and the DVD of the film is a staple of discount bins everywhere.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash

Unlike most people, I have actually watched Pluto Nash. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, it was on cable, and I thought, “How bad can it be?” The sad truth is: It’s not the worst movie ever. It just isn’t remarkable or fun. Bad movies are normally a dime a dozen, except that Pluto Nash cost $110 Million, and it made back about 7 million. This turd put a stink on Eddie’s career he’s still rinsing off.

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