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Boomerang (1992)

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40

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

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Movie Info

Eddie Murphy plays Marcus Graham, a hotshot ad exec who's also an insatiable womanizer. He is thus hardly prepared for his new boss, Jacqueline, played by Robin Givens. In terms of things romantic, Jacqueline is nothing more or less than a female version of Marcus -- and now, for the first time, he's getting the runaround. Boomerang boasts supporting-cast contributions from Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, Geoffrey Holder, and Melvin Van Peebles. Watch

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Comedy, Romance

Sep 24, 2002

Paramount Pictures

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In Boomerang Eddie Murphy straitjackets himself in an ill-fitting comedy vehicle that's desperately in need of a reality check.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The general idea is to exploit a certain amount of role reversal, and Reginald Hudlin, who directed House Party, does a fairly good job of making this fun.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film is far too slick to be ineffective, but its attempts to play with the sex-war theme are often unbelievably crass.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There's something paradoxical about the ease he radiates in playing a man who is supposed to be a smashing success. As an underdog, Mr. Murphy worked much harder.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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For all the sex talk in Boomerang, there's very little nudity. The only thing naked is Murphy's vanity.

June 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Boomerang is the funniest, most sophisticated movie of Eddie Murphy's career.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The cop-out conclusion doesn't dilute the playfulness the Hudlins are always interested in providing. I only wish they had the opportunity to work with Murphy again.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Then there's the input from Warrington and Reginald Hudlin, producer and director respectively, who succeed in creating a comedy which, unusually for a Murphy film, also exists around him.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

More interesting than entertaining and too long by far.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Silly. Simple. Eddie was better than this.

October 4, 2005
MovieCrypt.com

Remember one thing...........coordinate!

January 1, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Delivers laughs, and lots of them.

January 1, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's not even funny. Nor does it contain half the wit or charm as the old Doris Day sex comedies it so resembles. In fact, it's downright mean-spirited toward women, as is Murphy's wont.

November 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Givens, Lawrence and Berry all put in enjoyable performances, and while Murphy can no longer match those memorable early roles, he's on good form here.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This movie has a charming Eddie Murphy, a slick and grown-up comedian. Most of his movies have no trace of this man.

April 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A witless, sexist, offensive mishmash that is surprisingly inept, considering all the high-power talent involved.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Boomerang

A nasty, sleazy advert for contraception!
September 29, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Eddie Murphy in a romantic comedy about a womaniser falling for his superior boss.
December 30, 2007
RossCollinsUK

Super Reviewer

pretty funny flick about a guy with a mac daddy vibe
January 23, 2007
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

Crude, sexist, charmless garbage.
December 28, 2006
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    1. Angela: Love? Love would've brought your ass home last night!
    – Submitted by Joel S (2 years ago)
    1. Tyler: What does he think, I'm gonna stink it all up and bring it back?
    – Submitted by Joel S (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Jackson: You got to coordinate.
    – Submitted by Joel S (2 years ago)
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