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Eddie Murphy follows up his role in Dreamgirls, as a singer who has
squandered his talent and creative edginess in a desperate and frustrated
attempt at mainstream success pandering to the lowest common denominator
with this movie in which he plays a woman in a fat suit and her
cartoonishly nerdy husband.
Never before have I seen an actor so thoroughly tarnish their post-Oscar
credibility before actually winning the Oscar. In that way, at
least, Murphy is still innovative.
A film in which the jokes seem to rest entirely on the fact that they are
referencing other films, though apparently without spin, satire, or humorous
juxtaposition. Are we meant to believe that Lord of the Rings fans will be
amused simply by being reminded that Lord of the Rings exists? What's more,
the most recent commercial I saw for this film went from a reference to
Snakes On A Plane to Paris Hilton to Borat, none of which fit into
any definition of the word "epic" I'm familiar with. But then why should I
expect filmmakers who don't understand the meaning of the word "jokes" to
understand the meaning of the word "epic"?
I'm going to write the rest of this review now as though I am the writer of
this movie: Star Wars! Spider-Man! Curious George! Donald Trump! Pirates
of the Caribbean! Hostess Ding Dongs! Gilmore Girls! Bratz Dolls! The
Matrix! David Hasselhoff! American Idol!
Franchise credibility falling.
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