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Overall Rating
4.3

Awesome51.85%
Worth A Look: 35.19%
Average: 5.56%
Pretty Bad: 5.56%
Total Crap: 1.85%

2 reviews, 42 user ratings


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Eddie Murphy Raw
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by Hawkboy

"Eddie Murphy to every woman on earth: Suck my Dick."
4 stars

In 1987, when Eddie Murphy released this film, he was still one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) movie star in the world, and he was able to get away with anything. This is a true exhibit of this fact. This film spews hatred of women, foreigners, white people - everyone who isn't Eddie - it's scary to see the impact this concert film has had on the definition of comedy.

It starts out as pure Eddie Murphy egotism; attendees of the concert are asked about their favorite Eddie Murphy movie, and every single one of Eddie's films is mentioned - I half-expected one of the folks in front of the camera to say "All of these fine films are available for sale or rent". The fact that one of the people asked is Kim Wayans, sister of Keenan, who co-produced this movie, causes even more suspicion as to the purpose of this scene.

So, the concert starts, and Eddie comes out and makes fun of people. He talks about how women are stupid, vindictive, and only after his money, how homosexuals are creepy, how foreigners have goofy accents, how white people can't dance, how italians are idiots, etc., etc., etc. You laugh, but deep down, you feel slightly nauseous. This is the biggest star in the world, spewing prejudiced, hateful, misogynist rhetoric as his adoring crowd laps it up.

There are funny moments in the movie - his impressions of Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor show us what a truly gifted talent he is, and harkens back to "Delirious", his earlier stand-up special, which, although still offensive, didn't have quite the same amount of venom that this film has. Eddie wasn't quite the celebrity he is now, so traces of humility were detected among the gay jokes and white people jokes.

Richard Pryor, in particular, is singled out in this film as a hero of Eddie's, and we do see a trace of Pryor in some of Murphy's comedy, but with Richard Pryor, his comedy was frequently based upon Pryor's difficulties in life, his own shortcomings (Murphy would never dare approach the level of confessional humor that Pryor used in "Live on the Sunset Strip", where he talked about how he lit himself on fire freebasing cocaine). Pryor seemed to always cast himself as the underdog in his comedy, and so the audience sympathized with him. Eddie is unwilling to show himself as anything less than an untouchable comedy God surrounded by idiots. Whenever he begins to venture into autobiographical humor, it's only to make fun of his mom's hamburgers or his father's drinking.

I will admit that I laughed a great deal at this movie - Eddie Murphy has impeccable comedy timing, and he seems like he's enjoying himself, which can be entertaining to watch. But when the movie is over, and the movie is rewinding in your VCR, think about what Eddie was talking about - how women can forgive anything, as long as you're good in bed; how Japanese women are better than American women, because they're not allowed to speak, and how Eddie Murphy rises above the common rabble, as a super-celebrity, to tell us how we're all idiots.

Despite it all, I'm recommending this movie, as it does have many funny moments - but after watching it, I recommend a long shower.

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User Comments

3/02/12 ED BEST COMEDY CONCERT FILM OF ALL TIME..PERIOD 5 stars
6/06/09 Tyler Funniest man to this day. Young Eddie Murphy has yet to be rivaled by any of earth's finest 5 stars
3/10/09 Dane Youssef Eddie Murphy Raw is like cocaine uncut. An undiluted, concentrated absolute FUCKING HIGH! 5 stars
3/21/08 Heather Marie sweet 5 stars
3/20/08 Billy not that good 1 stars
3/16/08 Pamela White too raw for me 2 stars
7/21/07 Jonas Delirious was way better; Eddie was clearly under the influence during the filiming of Raw. 3 stars
4/03/07 brent gerald mejia sr. Embarrassing & silly. 2 stars
2/26/06 Larry Brown A tour de force beyond comedy and art into Ph.D philosphy. Intelligent and talented. 5 stars
8/30/05 ES Delirious was the funniest thing ever, this is just another stand up routine in comparison 4 stars
9/26/04 Chris It's no Delirious, but still has its hilarious moments 4 stars
6/05/04 donavan Eddie murphy is the funniest man alive hands down no matter what the other haters say 5 stars
12/20/03 ROY L. CAIN,JR. A funny concert film, but not as funny as Richard Pryors', motherfucker! 3 stars
11/28/03 Samuel Eddie Murphy...so its funny! 5 stars
9/03/03 Dawn I watch this once for each "Daddy Day Care", just to remind myself of the old Eddie Murphy. 4 stars
9/03/03 BEAUCHAM CRAWFORD EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/21/03 CHASE007 THIS IS THE BEST CONCERT SERIES HANDS DOWN. HE IS FUNNY AS HELL. A CLASIC A DEFINITECLASSIC 5 stars
6/22/03 cochese What happened Eddie? 5 stars
5/04/03 NWO4LIFE Underrated. Best bits: Gays, Impressions of Cosby and Pryor, Homemade hamburgers. 4 stars
12/29/02 pewp His shit about people is funny cuz it's true, nice one ed 5 stars
10/16/02 Charles Tatum Not one laugh until the final five minutes 2 stars
7/08/02 HENRY GINSBERG HAG DISSAPOINTING 5 stars
3/29/02 Ramiro Vielma III This is one of the greatest stand up movies I have ever seen. 5 stars
3/07/02 ade Had me laughing my ass off 5 stars
1/11/02 Smokaholic eddie at his best u will laugh your ass off! thats a promise or u arent of this word 5 stars
1/08/02 Emz Eddie is a legend in his own right, his more recent films(excluding Shrek)are dissapointing 5 stars
11/22/01 Riverone Perfectly timed gags with spot on impressions. His talent is wasted in Hollwood. 5 stars
9/06/01 Eliana Eland Have never laughed so hard 5 stars
9/06/01 Butterbean Funny start, but he lost his pace towards the end. Get Chris Rock's "Bring the Pain". 3 stars
8/31/01 turkie temptations funniest shit ive eever seen 5 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa This is the funniest concert movie I've ever seen. 4 stars
6/30/01 kenstyles funny 5 stars
6/21/01 hotravergirl12 it was the best!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
6/07/01 Kristoper Garry Amazingly funny 5 stars
6/02/01 David "the rooster" pearson This is easily the best stand-up show of all time with some of the most remeberable phrases 5 stars
5/15/01 Jim Very, very funny, clever, unrivalled energy 5 stars
5/04/01 Melissa Thats some funny stuff. 5 stars
4/12/01 Jesse L Hilarious if you can handle Andrew Dice Clay in black 5 stars
3/22/01 Thomas J. have a coke, smile, and shut the fuck up! Jello Pudding eatin ass! 4 stars
12/03/00 Jordan Frankel Best Comedy Ever 5 stars
10/14/00 bullit17 Not as funny as Delirious, but still pretty damn good 4 stars
9/14/00 Tomt I have never laughed so hard 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Jul-1987 (R)
  DVD: 07-Sep-2004

UK
  02-Feb-1988 (18)

Australia
  02-Feb-1988 (R)


Directed by
  Robert Townsend

Written by
  Eddie Murphy

Cast
  Eddie Murphy
  Tatyana Ali
  Samuel L. Jackson



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