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Eddie Murphy’s Top 10 Comedies


13 August 2009

Imagine That

A sweet and funny family comedy with great performances from Murphy as a self absorbed businessman and Yara Shadidi as his daughter who's special powers drive the story. The film was scripted by the writers of the Bill and Ted's movies and the director had success with his debut animated film Over the Hedge in 2006. Imagine That has a great concept and is a return to form for Murphy. Well worth a watch.

Bowfinger

This lightweight Hollywood satire was one of Eddie Murphy's few '90s films that worked. Frank Oz paired him alongside Steve Martin after Keanu Reeves was unable to play the sidekick role. In cinemas Bowfinger was steamrolled by Austin Powers 2 and Big Daddy but it bears up to repeat viewings and has become something of a cult film. It actually gets funnier as it goes along which is rare in comedy.

Nutty Professor

This low-brow but very entertaining re-make was an er, big success and led to series of 'fat-suit' movies. Impressively Murphy plays almost every main character in the film. However, it's his overlooked likeability and soft touch that makes the Professor character (and the film itself) such a watchable comedy.

Eddie Murphy: Raw

Eddie Murphy's amazing stand-up shows (like 83's 'Delirious') took him to Saturday Night Live and the huge success of Beverly Hills Cop. After this he decided to release one of his 1987 shows as a hilarious feature length film. The result is a fantastic mix of impressions and rants about fame, relationships, white guys dancing and much more. It's all comedy gold and a powerful reminder of why he is the star he is.

Shrek 2

The sequel to Dreamworks animated hit was an even bigger smash hit than the first movie. It's a quality film with plenty more great material from Eddie Murphy's dim but funny Donkey. Murphy said himself that "Donkey is a really positive character. He's always looking at the bright side of everything, trying to work it out. A happy-go-lucky donkey."

Coming to America

Trading Places director John Landis crafted one of Murphy's most successful movies in 1988. The classic fish-out-of-water tale of an African Prince in New York was tailor made for Murphy's likeable sparky wit. This commercial success was a career peak he would struggle to match for a number of years. It was also the first of many films where he plays multiple roles.

Shrek

Shrek was a behemoth of a movie for many reasons but a lot of the early support for the film can come from Eddie Murphy's likeable and very funny side-kick character Donkey. This first film in the series took four and a half years to make and weirdly the main actors never met each other during filming.

Beverly Hills Cop

Originally a vehicle for Sylvester Stallone, frantic rewrites were called for when Eddie Murphy replaced him at the last minute. Beverly Hills Cop worked liked a dream and ended up being one of the biggest films of the ‘80s. It spawned two sequels and there is talk of one more film even now. And who can forget THAT classic '80's theme tune?

48 Hrs

48 Hrs is his first movie and definitely one of his best. Murphy's on-screen partnership with Nick Nolte really sparks and paved the way for the unstoppable craze for ‘buddy' movies. Director Walter Hill brings his trademark grittiness to the film and it is now old enough to have a very cool retro edge now too.

Trading Places

Murphy shines alongside an on-form Dan Ackroyd in one on the very best films of the ‘80s. The fun concept sees Murphy's street con-artist swap places with Ackroyd's banker as a result of a secret bet. The set up is comedy gold and allows Murphy just enough time for his wise cracks to really stand out. Trading Places also stands the test of time thanks to a killer script that doesn't flag from beginning to end