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Overall Rating
4.25

Awesome45.28%
Worth A Look: 41.51%
Average: 7.55%
Pretty Bad: 3.77%
Total Crap: 1.89%

2 reviews, 41 user ratings



Beverly Hills Cop
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by Slyder

"Back in the day when Eddie Murphy rocked"
4 stars

Eddie Murphy maybe a complete hack today, but when he came out with this film, he was one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. This action flick has aged, sure, but man it’s quite a cool ride

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a tough Detroit City Cop who just can’t stay out of trouble. When his friend Mickey (James Russo) is suddenly killed in a hit right in front of his eyes, Foley excuses himself via a vacation and goes to Beverly Hills to trace the bad guys that killed him. In order not to cause further shit, Lt. Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox) assigns two cops, Det. Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Sgt John Taggart (John Ashton) to keep and eye on Foley only to end up as unwilling partners in Foley’s quest to uncover his friend’s killers. Foley checks on friend and art seller Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher) and realizes that Mickey used to work via Jenny’s boss Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff) on some pretty bad shit which includes drug trafficking.

The plot is formula now, especially with the whole “Fish out of water” thing, and the usual stereotypes of idiotic white bread cops who can’t solve a damn thing. But what makes it really good is the balancing of some pretty violent action scenes with Murphy’s reckless humor and foul language. I guess it makes a much bigger effect since Foley is the tough, smart-ass cop who’s visiting the whole glamour and snobby shit of Beverly Hills, and showing the two asshole cops that are watching him a thing or two about being a smartass. The thing is though, that you can laugh with it, with director Martin Brest effectively blending both action and comedy very well. You want a worse example? Try the utter shit that is Blue Streak. The action scenes are very well staged and effective, especially the unforgettable opening act as the trailer truck wreaks havoc with everything it finds on its way while Murphy hangs on for his life in the back of the trailer, as well as the shootout on Maitland’s mansion.

The music is all 80’s nostalgia shit, notably the Glen Frey classic “The heat is on” and Harold Faltermeyer’s synthesizer-driven hit “Axel F.”

Murphy is on top of his game as Axel Foley and another signature role for him which proved at least at that time that he could do action as well as comedy and both a the same time. Reinhold as always is crap but watchable while John Ashton makes the better of it. A notable performance is Jonathan Banks as Maitland’s thug Zack, now that guy was a bad-ass motherfucker.

Nowadays, it’s pretty much an 80’s staple, but a very good one nevertheless, the backlash of it all is that the suits at Paramount had to release 2 sequels that ended up being worse than the original. Still, worth a view at least once for laughs and thrills. 4-5

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User Comments

3/13/10 PAUL SHORTT SORDID, BUT CLEVER, WELL CAST ACTION COMEDY 4 stars
10/31/09 Jeff Wilder Classic Eddie Murphy comedy. Great cast and one-liners. 5 stars
3/20/08 Heather Marie hilarious 5 stars
6/16/07 al smith wow amazing.get the fuck outa here! 5 stars
3/07/07 David Pollastrini much better than any of the sequels 4 stars
10/23/06 JM Synth The Heat is on 5 stars
2/13/06 Anthony Feor Eddie Murphy is a loser 3 stars
8/30/05 ES Classic Eddie, second only to Delirious in laughs 5 stars
4/15/05 Raymond Montoya good movie. 3 stars
1/31/05 Paul classic 4 stars
10/29/04 Theresa Wagner This movie was funny. Worth seeing 4 stars
6/05/04 Shawn Eddie murphy is great, the funniest and the best actor/comedian alive! 5 stars
5/21/04 Agent Sands Not only is Murphy great, but the script & the rest of the cast are awesome. 5 stars
11/28/03 Samuel great! i downloaded the theme song its great too!!! 5 stars
10/03/03 Samuel Justus Great! 5 stars
3/09/03 Jack Sommersby Pure entertainment. Lots of laughs and first-rate action. The cast is a dream. 5 stars
10/16/02 Charles Tatum About as exciting as "Barnaby Jones," and just as funny 2 stars
3/27/02 C.B the part when axel gets thrown out the window was cool... AXEL: Hey man, get the fuck off 5 stars
2/25/02 Butterbean One of the few good things about the eighties...besides Coming to America 5 stars
2/05/02 Lonnie M. Fortner This was the 2nd video tape I ever bought (following E.T) back in the 80s. Still the best! 5 stars
1/09/02 ANGELA WARHURST MURPHY IS GREAT AND REINHOLD IS BRILLIANT THE BEST MOVIE OF THE 80S 5 stars
1/09/02 PAUL FISHER TOTALLY COOL 5 stars
1/09/02 PAUL FISHER TOTALLY COOL 5 stars
10/18/01 Henry Ginsberg I saw it two days ago and the theme tune is still stuck in my head 4 stars
8/26/01 Monster W. Kung One of Eddie's best and way enjoyable even after a few viewings. 4 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa I have seen this movie literally around 40, 50 times. It's good. 4 stars
4/05/01 joe-dunn i loved he nudity 5 stars
1/15/01 Sklorsh This is the best action/comedy cop movie of the 80's. Murphy is great. 5 stars
1/10/01 R.W. Welch Funny, fast and entertaining flick, the peak of Murphey's career. 4 stars
12/06/00 Cristopher Revilla great movie, good performance by Murphy 5 stars
11/15/00 salvo toscano c'mon, that's fun 4 stars
9/21/00 NIGGER HATER KILL BLACK BASTARD EDDIE MURPHY 1 stars
8/11/00 Andy kilchenman Its the funniest thing i have ever seen. 5 stars
8/07/00 Jared HAM Eddie Murphy at his best 5 stars
7/04/00 DAVID Really funny!!! 4 stars
3/06/00 Chris M. Classic. 5 stars
2/07/00 Ed Wood A Good Movie 5 stars
2/05/00 Richard Wright Nowhere near as funny as it should be. E.M needs (and deserves) a better script than this 2 stars
8/30/98 Johny Great fun 5 stars
8/21/98 rotten f. milk decent flick. Best out of the BHC franchise. Originals always are. 3 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Eddie Murphy in his prime was shit hot. Now it's all goony goo goo. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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