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

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Eddie Murphy Raw
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by Scott Weinberg

"Eddie Murphy at his (almost) best."
4 stars

While I consider the HBO special Delirious Eddie at his finest, the concert film Eddie Murphy: Raw is easily as watchable. Both concerts show Eddie as one of the most talented and original stand-up comedians ever. Plus, he's just plain old raunchy, which I dig.

It's tough being an Eddie Murphy fan nowadays. Moviegoers quickly forget how funny someone used to be when all they do is make the same sequels every summer. The Eddie Murphy of today is often a complete stranger, with only very small glimpses of his former manic self peeking through the big-budget artifice. Think about what's funnier - Eddie Murphy in his fantastic Delirious concert or Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps?

The movie opens with a cute sequence with Eddie as a young boy, entertaining and eventually shocking his family with some decidedly nasty jokes. (Incidentally, this sequence was directed by Robert Townsend and features Samuel L. Jackson as Eddie's uncle!) What follows is 90 minutes of some of the harshest and strongest stand-up you'll ever see. Filmed in 1987 at the Felt Forum in New York City, Eddie Murphy Raw stands as one of the finest comedy concert films ever made.

Eddie covers his favorite topics - sex, money and women. While many claim that his over-the-top views mask some misogynistic or sexist views, I choose to see it as a performer playing a role. At this point in his career, Eddie just had his audience wrapped around his finger, and this guy knows how to work a room.

While lots of comedians rely on extreme profanity to just shock people, Eddie used his mouth as a comedic weapon. His skills as an impersonator are equally as impressive. Try to watch his takes on Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby and not crack a smile. And just as in Delirious, some of Eddie's best material revolves around his own family. "Dat don't look like McDonald's!"

One great thing about concert movies like these: You can watch them over and over, like listening to one of your favorite CDs. Heck, it's simple - If you already love Eddie Murphy as I do, this is a five-star concert movie. If you don't, you'd be pretty stupid to even rent it, right?

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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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