Trading Places

Trading Places

DVD - 2007
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Two old business partners bet that they can turn a street hustler into a successful businessman
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Looking good, feeling good ed
ISBN: 9781415728901
1415728909
9781415744406
1415744408
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
NTSC
digital,optical,5.1,Dolby
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 883929305087
097361390949
097361223865
097361223841

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JeanieG
Jun 11, 2017

Now a classic! So funny and silly and still relevant. A gem!

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isaachar
Feb 11, 2017

If you were making a list of the funniest movies of the 80's, Trading Places would have to be in the top 5. It comes in just behind Coming to America as far as 'funniest Eddie Murphy movies' in my opinion. I've probably seen Trading Places 50 times in my life, and even after more than 30 years the humor holds up. It's an American comedy classic.

SaraLovesBooks Dec 05, 2016

A solid comedy from the 1980's, with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd on top of their comedic game, it has a solid script, director, and acting from everyone involved. The film does feature some site gags, but most of the comedy comes from snarky humor and wit, which I personally prefer to slapstick. It holds up well as a good example of the era it was filmed in. This is a movie for adults, and if you're looking for something beyond the usual Christmas standard fare, this is a good movie to turn to.

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crisathome
Mar 16, 2014

Great movie, however, i just found out that the blue ray disk will not play in my DVD player so have requested the DVD this time. As for the movie, have seen it many times and love it, it's a classic, especially enjoy when the Dukes explain what they do to Murphy, by lining up a commodities breakfast in front of him. Murphy's facial expressions are priceless.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 05, 2014

"It ain't cool being no jive turkey."
If you grew up in the 80s, this probably will inspire nostalgia, mixed with sadness because Eddie Murhpy used to be really funny. This is maybe his best role, as he's working with strong co-stars, a good director and a tightly written script. It's not as funny as contemporary comedies, but it's better written and directed with a clever premise. Look for Giancarlo "Gus from Breaking Bad" Esposito in the jail scene and Al Franken as a baggage handler. Director Landis did other beloved 80s movies like "The Blues Brothers," "Coming to America" (also with Murhphy), "Three Amigos" and "An American Werewolf in London." And contrary to what another reviewer thought, the racial comedy/tensions still feel very much relevant.

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britprincess1
May 08, 2013

The title says it all. A rich snob engaged to marry an equally elitist woman is thrown out of his ivory tower and replaced on a whim by a foul-mouthed hustler who they polish up to become a diamond executive. The whole decision to make the switch is based on two ancient curmudgeons who feel invincible with their wealth. Jamie Lee Curtis (and her bare breasts) co-stars as a feisty hooker who helps the displaced Akroyd find his bearings again in his topsy-turvy world. I guess the lesson to learn is not to base your identity on your income, but the whole moral is lost in what culminates as mostly just overblown laughs. Also noteworthy are the racially charged undertones that a black man could never be in a place of power in American business; oh, how far we have come and thank goodness for that. Fans of franchises like Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, or Caddyshack may enjoy this comedy classic; I however was divided.

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pubman
Mar 18, 2013

I highly recommend this if you haven't had a good belly laugh in awhile

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britprincess1
May 08, 2013

Sexual Content: One character is a prostitute. Female nudity is exhibited, but not any sexual acts. Innuendo is also used throughout.

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britprincess1
May 08, 2013

Violence: Slapstick violence occurs.

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britprincess1
May 08, 2013

Coarse Language: Cussing throughout the film can be expected.

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britprincess1
May 08, 2013

Other: Some jokes may be considered racist against African Americans; personal judgment may need to be used.

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jeannecrisp
Feb 14, 2017

"It wants to be funny, but it also wants to tell us something about human nature and there are whole stretches when we forget it's a comedy and get involved in the story." Movie critic Roger Ebert, June 9, 1983

laustcawz Sep 17, 2013

Racist line that favors blacks/African-Americans--One of the Dukes (Randolph [Ralph Bellamy], I think), commenting on the singing in the tub by Valentine (Eddie Murphy): "They're very musical people, aren't they?"

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britprincess1
May 08, 2013

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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