Take More Chances, Eddie Murphy!

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Coming 2 America – Murphy’s first Dolemite follow-up got here out in 2021, an Amazon Prime sequel to Murphy’s 1998 smash that struck out with each audiences and critics. Rotten Tomatoes sums up the moviegoer consensus as “a lazy reliance on callbacks and a narrative that rehashes the primary movie.”

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley is filming proper now, the fourth film in a franchise that started in 1984.  Eddie, we perceive the idea of “give the individuals what they need,” however is a fourth Beverly Hills Cop actually what the persons are asking for?

Then there’s Triplets, a sequel to Twins, the goofy 1988 comedy that imagined Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as long-lost, and presumably fraternal, twins.  

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The humorous half is they appear nothing alike!

Simply think about the laughs when the growing old stars uncover they’ve one other brother — and he’s black!  What??? They used to name these sorts of comedies “excessive idea,” we’re guessing as a result of it helps to be excessive to take pleasure in them.

Lastly, there’s Sweet Sweet Lane,  which sounds very very similar to a return to Murphy’s run of kiddie movies.  No plot particulars have been revealed but, nevertheless it’s primarily based on screenwriter Kelly Youthful’s childhood vacation experiences.  Contemplating most of Youthful’s display credit contain Muppets and Moana, it’s not arduous to think about one other family-friendly pile of bland amusement.  

So right here we’re. Scorching off the success of Dolemite, Murphy has used his newfound clout to reboot three film franchises that have been well-liked 4 many years in the past, in addition to return to child pix.  It’s irritating solely as a result of Murphy has confirmed that he’s able to a lot extra. Positive, not each director would wish to work with him, however we will think about fairly a couple of who would. How about Murphy in a Tarantino film?  Let’s hook Eddie up with the Safdie brothers, Ryan Coogler or Jordan Peele.  Heck, we’d like to see him in one in every of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out motion pictures — a minimum of it’s a recent franchise. 

However Murphy has one mission on the horizon that provides us a glimmer of hope. He’s signed on to You Individuals, the directorial debut for Kenya (Black-ish) Barris with a script from Jonah Hill.  The forged is killer — along with Murphy, there’s Hill, Lauren London, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovney, Nia Lengthy, and Sam Jay. What’s it about?  For now, all we’re getting is “a brand new couple and their households discover themselves inspecting fashionable love and household dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations, and generational variations.” 

Huh.  May very well be something however with the pedigree of the oldsters concerned, it appears like one thing to take an opportunity on.  And taking an opportunity is strictly what we’re begging Murphy to do.

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