Rant & Review Trading Places (1983) - OK but Overrated

by: ramboraph4life     Published on: 14 March 2019

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A controversial opinion but I have to be honest...I never understood the HUGE love for this film. To me, it's not as hilarious as others make it out to be. I'll give you this...Eddie Murphy has some fun moments and Jamie Lee Curtis does a good job...but other than that?Dan Aykroyd's character is unlikable (even at the end), the whole 'Gorilla on a train and then putting a bad guy in a gorilla suit' part of the flick is Silly & Stupid, the film's pacing is too long/slow, the film is not that consistently funny, the ending at the Stock Market is devoid of laughs, the characters' changes (Eddie from crook to broker, and Dan vice versa) is too abrupt...For me, there are much better comedies (See No Evil Hear No Evil with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, for example) and better Eddie Murphy films (The Golden Child & Metro)...Granted, Trading Places is a masterpiece compared to horrible crap like Norbit and Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. But to me it's an overrated flick and is not on the level of 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop and such.Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet. Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star. The storyline is often called a modern take on Mark Twain's classic 19th-century novel The Prince and the Pauper.The film was written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod and was produced by Aaron Russo. It was released to theaters in North America on June 8, 1983, where it was distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film earned over $90 million during its theatrical run in the United States, finishing as the fourth highest earning film of the year and the second highest earning R-rated film of 1983.Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis won the awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively, at the 37th British Academy Film Awards. The film was nominated for several additional awards including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 41st Golden Globe Awards.