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Adventures of Pluto Nash, The
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by Scott Weinberg

"Yes, it's bad, but gimme a BREAK! I see 20 movies a year that are worse!"
3 stars

There's nothing that pisses a movie critic off like a film unscreened for the press. Obviously one can assume such a flick is NOT supported confidently by its studio, so the buzzards start flying with amazing predictability. Nothing's as delicious as an easy target. The Adventures of Pluto Nash is NOT a particularly good movie, but I suspect most critics were more interested in the expansive budget than the flick's few (but clearly noticeable) assets.

This is one weird flick. It's slick and colorful, yet it's also clumsy and essentially devoid of solid laughs. It features an eclectic cast of supporting players, though it gives them very little to do. A few segments seem surprisingly inspired, while many more just lie there listless. It's got the crisp visual palette of a very expensive kid's flick, but there's also an odd devotion to intermittently leering sex humor. The Adventures of Pluto Nash is clumsy, sloppily edited, and completely schizophrenic.

It's also paced quite breezily, the special effects are flashy and satisfying, the production design is completely cool, and lead Eddie Murphy delivers an enjoyably laid-back performance.

Surely I can see why so few critics like this one, but c'mon! There's no WAY this is any worse than most of the mega-grossing FX spectacles we're given every freakin' summer. Again, I just think this bizarre misfire offered too simple a whipping boy, and Warner Bros. certainly didn't do anything to help the film's chances.

The plot is convoluted and simplistic at the same time: all you need know is that Pluto Nash is a club-owner on the run after the Moon mafia blows his business sky high. Toss in ten or twelve familiar faces, a handful of awkward-yet-flashy action sequences, and a kickin' goofball musical score, and you have a movie that any 14-year-old boy could love.

Which I assume is why I sorta enjoyed big chunks of this movie: Jay Mohr only has a few scenes, but each one offers at least two solid laughs. (I can read them back to you if you like.) Randy Quaid delivers one of the universe's truly arcane acting performances as security robot Bruno. I can't tell if Quaid's on his game, or if he's offering the worst performance of his career - but the character is pretty amusing so no harm, no foul.

Like many of you, I love to rent the mega-dogs to see how bad they truly are. As far as Rollerball and Battlefield Earth go, I'm in accord with the planet: these movies are the pinnacle of suck. But we gotta part company on The Adventures of Pluto Nash, a movie that's clearly a big sloppy mess - but there's no way it deserved such a horrific thrashing while so many other deserving dungheaps get left off the hook.

Kinda sad that this endearingly strange flick will be remembered as one of the "worst ever", yet XXX is considered a good movie because it was profitable.

I'm not really surprised that this one tickled me a bit: I'm a longtime fan of Eddie Murphy, I had the lowest possible expectations going in, and the flick's just so resoundingly WEIRD that it easily held my interest. (And for the record: Ishtar is not really all that awful either.)

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User Comments

1/02/11 jimmy smitts Best Eddie Murphy film of the decade. Sad, but true. 3 stars
8/25/09 Anne Dromeda The real reason Pluto was declared not a planet? 2 stars
7/31/09 the dork knight Not as bad as you'd expect. Great set design, a nice twist here and there, but weak overall 3 stars
2/10/09 X Never forget the disaster of August 16th 1 stars
10/11/06 inty i actually feel bad for murphy, i really do 1 stars
3/04/06 Anthony Feor A film lost in another universe 1 stars
12/08/05 JM Synth At least it's more imaginative than "successful" comedies 3 stars
12/01/05 hibbyX Quite a lot of poop 1 stars
6/17/05 Jeff Wilder Zero. That number is the answer to the equation: Number of laughs offered by Pluto Nash. 1 stars
3/23/05 eddie fan #1 im not your fan anymore, eddie fucker 1 stars
2/01/05 Jeff Anderson ABSOLUTE DULL GARBAGE!! A sad & pitiful waste of time & money! I HATE THIS FILM!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
12/19/04 ELI SUCKED!!!!!!!! 1 stars
8/20/04 ELI How could any of you people STAND this movie???? It SUCKED 5 stars
7/17/04 Daveman Utterly dul, unfunnyl and featuring a truely shitty Blade Runner setting. 1 stars
6/22/04 tatum Okay, why was this set on the moon? 1 stars
3/01/04 Ray Hughes Under-rated and over-slated. 4 stars
4/19/03 Gecko Fanfoot Murphy is passé. If you want funny try Chris Tucker on for size. 3 stars
4/06/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng "Total Recall" meets "Romeo Must Die". I love it! John Cleese steals the movie! 5 stars
2/11/03 Ubu the Ripper No Worse Than Star Wars Episode II 4 stars
1/24/03 Raquel Hassan It's a nice movie 4 stars
12/21/02 Pleasant V. Ille Eddie can do better, yes, but also worse. Like wintermute, I'm glad he played it straight 3 stars
11/20/02 Goofy Maxwell Honestly, I'd rather watch Master of Disguise again. 2 stars
11/20/02 Joseph Kettering bad script with Eddie being as unfunny as possible. 1 stars
11/13/02 Andrew Carden Eddie Murphy Has Good Chances Of Winning This Year's Razzie Award. 1 stars
9/28/02 Meredith Westbrook Actually a rather enjoyable romp. And what's with your feces, linda? 4 stars
9/27/02 Natalie Stonecipher Watchable in a live comic book action sort of way. 4 stars
9/11/02 Gray not *all* bad 3 stars
9/05/02 Dominik Duprelle I'd rather be crygenically frozen and wake up in Bedlam than spend 1 min watching this. 1 stars
9/03/02 E.D. Wood This is to Eddie Murphy what Leonard Part 6 was to Bill Cosby. 1 stars
8/23/02 The Chronic Mastubator What is wrong with Eddie Murphy? He can do much better than this.. 2 stars
8/22/02 wintermute The first movie in 10 years where i didn't want to punch Eddie in the nuts. 3 stars
8/21/02 Linda Cardellini Why aren't I in this movie? Wait a minute, I DON'T deserve to be covered in feces! 2 stars
8/18/02 Peter Brook Bad, but not as bad as you might fear. Mr. Murphy needs an ego-check, though. 2 stars
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  16-Aug-2002 (PG-13)
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