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Overall Rating
2.76

Awesome: 17.65%
Worth A Look: 17.65%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad52.94%
Total Crap: 11.76%

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by Teen Movie Critic

"Even the cheesy once-popular Capra-esque ploy doesn't work in this one."
2 stars

Another star showcase for Eddie Murphy, this one has him as a hustler, who gets himself elected into the House of Representatives.

That's where the real con game begins. With a little help from his sister (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and fellow con men, he wheels, deals and learns a few things about politics. Blocking his path to success are sleazy congressmen Dick Dodge (Lane Smith) and Olaf Anderson (Joe Don Baker). Who will succeed in the political con game? And why should we care? It's supposed to take a stab at Washington politics, but mostly what it does is waste time. Murphy is charismatic and less offensive than he was in some of his worst material efforts, but it's not exactly an impressive performance like his recent comeback role in "The Nutty Professor" (see yesterday's review). Ralph is far better in her role, putting in her character a combination of book smarts and street smarts. She is about the only thing this movie has going for it.

Even the cheesy once-popular Capra-esque ploy doesn't work in this one.

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originally posted: 12/18/99 06:45:59
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User Comments

10/23/06 JM Synth It starts off well, which makes it all the worse when we get to the bit about powerlines 2 stars
12/01/05 hibbyX Instantly forgettable. 1 stars
11/28/03 Samuel " Hilarious" 5 stars
6/22/03 cochese The last watchable film Murphy was in. 4 stars
4/24/03 Andrew Carden Ralph and Murphy Have The Chemistry To Make The Film Work. 4 stars
6/30/02 Eddie Glitchman F#*ken fantastic 5 stars
9/14/01 Butterbean This was a letdown after watching Eddie in Harlem Nights, Coming to America and Boomerang 2 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa Eddie Murphy shines like Fred Astaire's newly shined pair of shoes! 4 stars
11/22/00 d-dog best movie ever by eddie murphy 5 stars
9/16/99 strike Eddie at his most irritating. manipulative, saccharine and sickmaking in the extreme. 1 stars
6/13/99 Vick Di Brecci The only thing I remember about this movie is that Eddie Murphy was in it & I was let down 2 stars
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  02-Jul-1992 (R)

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