Holy Man (1998)
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Stephen Herek directed this comedy-drama in which soul-less exec Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum), programmer for the failing Good Buy Shopping Network, is dismayed by a request to increase sales in two weeks. Bald do-gooder guru G. (Eddie Murphy) assists when Ricky and marketing director Kate (Kelly Preston) get a freeway flat. When G. passes out, tests indicate a heart murmur and heat prostration, so the robed prophet becomes Ricky's house guest. At a party, G. uses hypnosis and psychology to rid
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It may not be earthshaking, but this calmly competent feel-good movie shows that a little sincerity can go a long way.
This screenplay was in no shape to be filmed; perhaps the filmmakers assumed that the mere presence of Eddie Murphy would repair its wrongs and give them a big opening weekend.
While Murphy probably has what it takes to make the comedian-to-serious actor transition, he needs to do what Martin, Williams, and Carrey did: hold out for a good script.
What does Hollywood teach us here? Materialism BAD! Television BAD! Media BAD!
The shallowness and lack of perspective of the story keeps everyone from delivering anything more than a mundane, mildly amusing comedy.
[Murphy] is the only thing that isn't deadeningly predictable here, but it might still be worth the price of a ticket to see him continue to have such fun being a movie star.
Eddie Murphy's downhill decline
Eddie Murphy still can't pick scripts worth a damn. It's not the worst movie he ever made, but that comes as small comfort when you're suffering through it.
Oh brother, what a preposterous package it uses to deliver its warm and fuzzy message about What Really Matters.
A clever script and great comic timing from the entire cast take the infomercial parody to a whole new hilarious level.
Holy Man saddles its star with a leaden, melodramatic script that never allows the high jinks to get rolling at Murphy's hyperkinetic pace.
Although the film is a comedy, it can't overcome the fact that it is profoundly sad that people in this country are so spiritually starved they would seek fulfillment by watching a shopping channel.
In a movie that is generally as mild as milquetoast, there are nevertheless many parts that parents will find objectionable.
There's a terrific movie to be made about home-shopping and the folks addicted to it, but 'Holy Man' is not that film.
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