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Overall Rating
2.31

Awesome: 3.85%
Worth A Look: 9.62%
Average38.46%
Pretty Bad: 9.62%
Total Crap38.46%

3 reviews, 34 user ratings



Adventures of Pluto Nash, The
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by wintermute

"Actually soothed my urge to punch Eddie Murphy in the mouth"
3 stars

Yes, it finally happened. Eddie Murphy, that prodigiously gifted funny man from the 80's released a movie where he: A - Didn't play every role himself, B - Didn't wear a fat suit, and C - Didn't make me want to punch him in the mouth.

Impossible you say? I thought so too, until on a late night urge I mustered up my courage and went to see probably the only film about gambling on the Moon I am going to be lucky enough to see this year.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash does what few Murphy vehicles have managed to accomplish in the last 5 or 6 years - it trades upon the fantastic charisma of a very likeable man. Gone are the crude jokes, abrasive self-interest and RIDICULOUS FAT SUITS. In their place we find a cool, confident and capable character, Pluto Nash, reformed smuggler and night club owner. It is impossible not to at least feel a little affinity for Nash, the self-made man. Throw in a kind heart, (he takes in Rosario Dawson's character under the flimsiest of pretenses) and an aging robotic bodyguard/sidekick (played with surprising wit and warmth by Randy Quaid) and there's no telling where their wacky adventures will end!

Well, ok. The 'wacky adventures' are less Space Mountain and more Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. But that's not to say that we don't get to have a little fun with Nash and Co. A side trip to a secret Lunar smuggling stash and a few shootouts later, we get treated to the ultimate in star vanity - Eddie Murphy fighting his 'evil' clone. Now if this film had been made in 1992, Eddie probably would have just gotten freaky with his 'bad' self, but the newer, less self-infatuated Murphy manages to limit physical contact with his clone to punches and headlocks. And really, that's more than I could say for Tom Cruise in a similar situation.

Rosario Dawson is once again inexplicably cast as the withering damsel in distress. While I am not a huge fan, a spirit like hers is more readily encapsulated by a character capable of doing more than flinching and screaming on cue. Randy Quaid, however, displays a stunning versatility as a robot whose day has come and gone, and who everybody knows is kept around for sentimentality's sake.

I know what you're saying. Where are the talking animals? Where is the good cop / bad cop? Hold on! For those of you only interested in the weird side of Eddie's script choices, you are in for a treat with the casting of the bionic, keep-her-away-from-mirrors Pam Grier as Pluto Nash's moon-smart mother. How the Sun's unfiltered rays don't break down her 300 year old skin I can't tell you. But somehow, nature finds a way.

For all the haters, don't bother. If you are already down on Eddie, nothing in this film to change your mind. But if you used to like Mr. Murphy, and then got scared by his MJ like lifestyle and script choices, give him a break, and go enjoy Pluto Nash. Really.

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originally posted: 11/19/02 03:59:27
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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 passť. 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
8/21/02 JOHN MARTHALER MEDIOCRE MOVIE BUT NOT AS BAD AS OTHER MOVIES I'VE SEEN BEFORE. 3 stars
8/18/02 Peter Brook Bad, but not as bad as you might fear. Mr. Murphy needs an ego-check, though. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  16-Aug-2002 (PG-13)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004

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Australia
  21-Nov-2002 (M)




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