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Mortimer and Randolph Duke are commodity brokers who enjoy a little wager now and then. For the latest bet, Randolph believes they can take a common criminal and make him a successful businessman in the company. The criminal, Billy Ray, is to be given the job and home of Louis, who in turn is set up for crimes he didn't commit, to see if he resorts to crime once he's lost his rich environment and friends
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The best financial comedy out there!
The best financial comedy out there!

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"One of my many joys in life is sitting down to watch an Eddie Murphy film from the 80s, back when he was at his peak, and a true comedic master. This movie, a spin on The Prince and the Pauper, is a great example of prime Eddie.

Directed by John Landis, this is the story of two ultra wealthy and bored brothers who, after bickering over the nature versus nurture debate decide to put it to the test with a bet that, if they can get a well to do white yuppie to switch places with a petty African American con man, that the black guy will thrive in high society, while the white guy will easily crack trying to make it as a poor man, and won't hesitate to turn to crime to survive.

I won't give anything away, but I'll just say that the results are pretty funny. It's a decently sharp satirical romp that, despite a script that isn't that strong, still excels due to some fine direction, and some fantastic performances. Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd shine as the two guinea pigs, while Denholm Elliott is a true marvel as the butler who begrudgingly goes along with the scheme, originally serving Aykroyd's Louis, but becoming Murphy's Billy Ray's loyal servant simply because he is employed by those rich Duke Brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) who don't care who gets hurt as a result of their idle betting.

Jamie Lee Curtis makes a memorable appearance as the typical hooker with a heart of gold who tries to help Louis out, while a number of fun appearances are made by Paul Gleason, James Belushi, Frank Oz, Bo Diddley, and Al Franken among others.

All in all, this is a pretty good film. It's not quite a masterpiece, but it rises above the tried and true premise and makes for some really entertaining viewing. It's just a shame that basically everyone involved here hasn't really risen to the heights they hit here in a long time.

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hands down the best trading film out there
I think my title says it all. it's hands down (at least in my opinion) the best film on trading to date. The trading aspects are real and the drama is kept to business-related reality-oriented storylines. I highly recommend

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was entertaing
was good movie to watch when Eddie was still goodgot some one liners in there if you have not seen this movie idk where you have beed go watch it

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great movie
love this. its funny and it talks about stocks. whats not to love

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Murphy & Aykroyd are Perfect!
When it comes to great comic films, nobody recalls the magic between Murphy and Aykroyd in Trading Places. In the early 80's Eddie Murphy was considered the funniest black comedian next to Richard Pryor. Dan Aykroyd was one of the all time great cast members of Saturday Night Live. Both actors started on SNL and were ready to make their career in films. Trading Places is an example of a perfect comedy. It is funny yes, but there is so much more. With its story, the acting, and the political, racial, and economical plots in the film add to its greatness. One of the best comedies to come out of the 1980's, it stands as one of Eddie Murphy's best earlier films as well as Aykroyd's performances as a character actor. A wonderful and somewhat good family film. If you're that kind of family that is.

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ThomasJ San Francisco, CA

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Hugely funny film - Eddie Murphy's finest moment
Right from the opening credits, this film shows quality. It stands above other comedies due to the lack of filler material - every line is memorable. The cast is great; the two leads make the most of their characters (both as brokers and bums) but never overstep the mark, thanks partly to the tight editing. The plot becomes a little bizarre, but by that time you're already hooked, and the ending of the film is pure joy. To my mind, no recent comedy has been this good; it mixes high and low brow jokes without resorting to toilet humour, it doesn't pull any punches (spot the social commentary), the performances are masterful and the script achieves depth without sacrificing the one-liners or slowing the pace.

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Funny Movie
Funny movie that is worth the time to watch at least once. I bet you one dollar that this movie will take a laugh out of you!

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Eddie Murphy back when he was funny
Trading Places is a hilarious look at the greediness of upper-class society. Akroyd plays Louis Winthorpe III, a wealthy investor and Murphy plays Billy Ray Valentine, a con man whose roles are reversed as a result of a bet made by the two snobbish, wealthy Duke brothers. This is an entertaining film. Curtis is sexy as the hooker Ophelia that takes Winthorpe in after he loses everything. This is a memorable film with great performances by Akroyd and Murphy. You sympathize and care about the characters and when the two find out they've been duped, there's hell to pay! The ending is quite strange but hilarious all the same. Look for memorable cameos by Jim Belushi, Al Franken, and Chevy Chase. When Akroyd, Murphy, Penholm Elliot, and Curtis are all in the train car you can't help but crack up. These scenes are truly and simply hilarious! The only flaw I feel is that the ending, though very funny, is out of place. Still, the payback on the Dukes is extremely satisfying. This is a very strange but very funny movie. There are some things that some people might find objectionable but for those of you who don't mind a little nudity, I recommend it.

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One of Eddie Murphy's best
Love this movie. Eddie murphy and dan akroyd are great together. Its not a twist and turn movie its utterly predicatable but its still great. the 2 old guys are so typical of what you think of about 1980s old school wallstreet guys.

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