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Total Crap: 30.56%

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Holy Man
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by Erik Childress

"Murphy Finally Tops Harlem Nights"
2 stars

Holy Man (* ½) - Speaking of films in desperate need of a rewrite. 113 minutes of an unfunny comedy is one of the worst experiences one can have at the movies.

Let me get this straight - Eddie Murphy plays an uninteresting “holy man” on some sort of pilgrimage, who is so eager to help, he agrees to go on a home shopping network and instead of merely selling the product, tries to enlighten his viewers with spiritual guidance that seems lifted off of a fortune cookie. The viewers who watch this crap are so enlightened with “G” telling them that these products are stupid - that they start buying like nuclear missiles are on the way? Who thought of this and who thought it would be funny? Is the writer trying to say that people who watch and buy from Home Shopping are so stupid that they’ll buy anything from anyone no matter what they are saying? It doesn’t come off that way. Why not have the funny Eddie Murphy (that we know he can be) just try and sell this crap? I’m laughing already more than I did during this film - and amazingly enough, I got more laughs from Jeff Goldblum, who’s trying desperately to make this project work, than I did from the “G” character which resembles Eddie Murphy, but with a lobotomy. Nothing in this film works except for an occasionally frantic funny line reading from Goldblum and maybe a couple of the products being sold. Betty White selling Clam Cologne and admitting to having a third orgasm on the air is worth at least a half a star - which is more than I can say for 95% of this film which is probably Murphy’s worst project ever - even worse than Vampire in Brooklyn, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Harlem Nights. Robert Loggia is underused and uninteresting - and is so tan that he looks like he should be dating the Lin Shaye/Magda character from There’s Something About Mary.

Where’s the recent comeback Murphy - the one of The Nutty Professor and even Metro? I’d hate to see Murphy headed towards projects like this and Doctor Dolittle for the rest of his career. We’ll be stuck with Chris Tucker for the rest of our days. Now that’s a scary thought.

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User Comments

8/30/09 the dork knight Cheerful movie, but no real message or funny jokes. 3 stars
10/28/08 Mack A fun movie with alot of heart, Goldblum and Murphy shine in particular. 3 stars
6/28/08 John Millheim Very, very, very boring, I fell asleep 1 stars
11/26/07 Tony S This movie has a wonderful moral theme, I loved it. Made me feel real good about myself. 5 stars
12/01/05 hibbyX Oh, Eddie, Eddie, Eddie...what happened to you? 1 stars
8/25/05 ES if eddie murphy is in this and he doesn't do anything, is it worth seeing? 2 stars
6/07/05 Anthony G movie sucks? 1 stars
4/29/04 X An unholy mess 1 stars
1/15/02 Andrew Carden Eddie Murphy Is The Only Reason To See This. 3 stars
10/16/01 Mr. Hat After a few times, it sort of sucks, but Eddie and Jeff are cool. 3 stars
8/08/01 TLsmooth You are a we-todd-it if you even remotely enjoyed this shithole. 1 stars
6/12/00 Dimlight Holy crap Batman 2 stars
4/07/00 SID I don't know what to think. It wasn't really funny, but it was entertaining, I guess. 3 stars
2/21/00 arnold horrible 1 stars
3/13/99 Ah Dooey Zzzzzzzap! Holy shit! 3 stars
12/13/98 Carl A great family film with a great message: swallow your pride and do what is right! 4 stars
12/05/98 frank the watchman very nice flick 3 stars
12/03/98 chi-fan Just shoot me now. This movie was zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... 1 stars
11/23/98 Michelle Manning I can't believe I stayed in the theater !! 1 stars
10/19/98 Dark Horizons Not really a good choice for a come back film. 2 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Oh. My. God. 1 stars
10/17/98 Mr Showbiz What in God’s name was Eddie Murphy thinking? 2 stars
10/13/98 grunter JUST AVERAGE is JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH - Murphy's a has-been. 1 stars
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  09-Oct-1998 (PG)


  05-Nov-1998 (PG)

Directed by
  Stephen Herek

Written by
  Tim Schulman

  Eddie Murphy
  Jeff Goldblum
  Robert Loggia
  Kelly Preston
  John Cryer
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