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The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

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Critic Consensus: The Adventures of Pluto Nash is neither adventurous nor funny, and Eddie Murphy is on autopilot in this notorious box office bomb.

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Eddie Murphy gets way, way out in this futuristic sci-fi comedy. In the year 2087, the Earth's natural resources have been largely depleted, and an increasingly large number of people have taken up residence on the moon, where the pioneering attitude of the new residents has created a culture not unlike the old west. Pluto Nash (Eddie Murphy) is one such lunar exile who formerly made his living outside the law, but has since gone straight and now runs the hippest nightclub in the moon colony known as "Little America." Pluto is approached by Mogan (Joe Pantoliano), a gangster who wants to buy the nightclub; Pluto has no interest in selling, but it seems Mogan isn't about to take no for an answer. Pluto also discovers Mogan is in cahoots with Max Crater, a crime boss whose goal is to take over the entire moon. The Adventures Of Pluto Nash also features Randy Quaid as Pluto's robot bodyguard, Rosario Dawson as a naive singer who has just arrived on the moon, Peter Boyle as Rowland the pool hustler, Jay Mohr as old-school lounge singer Tony Francis, Illeana Douglas as a cloning technician, and Pam Grier as Pluto's mother.
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$4,366,829.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Eddie Murphy
as Pluto Nash
Randy Quaid
as Bruno
Jay Mohr
as Tony
Luis Guzman
as Felix
James Rebhorn
as Belcher
Peter Boyle
as Rowland
Burt Young
as Gino
Pam Grier
as Flura
John Cleese
as James
Illeana Douglas
as Dr. Zimmer
Jacynthe Rene
as Babette
Alissa Kramer
as Gina Francis
Heidi Kramer
as Filomina Francis
Alex Sol
as Tommy
Andree Fafard
as Holographic Spokesmodel
Stu "Large" Riley
as Club Pluto Bouncer
Russell Yuen
as Oliver
Angela Perzow
as Robot Maid
Ezra Franklyn
as Robot Thug
Don Jordan
as Reporter
Lorca Simons
as Pretty Reporter
Eric Hoziel
as Johnson
Marlon Long
as Lindsey
Marion Long
as Lindsey
Mary Hammett
as Holographic Nurse
Serge Houde
as FBI Agent
Jonathan Stark
as Desk Clerk
Terry Haig
as Security Guard
Roger E. Reid
as Pit Boss
Michael Rudder
as Croupier
Alexandre Bisping
as Ted Jeffries
Cornelia Sharpe
as Tony Francis Fan
Mark Camacho
as Robot Holding Cell Clerk
Lana Underwood
as Sexy Robot
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Pluto Nash

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (21)

The result is something quite rare in professional show business: 1 1/2 hours of pure blankness. It's there but it's not there. It is but it isn't. It has nothing to offer. It's not forgettable, really, because there's nothing to forget.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Is it as bad as all that? Oh yes.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Formulaic films are released every week, but it's rare that one has a $100 million budget, big stars whose roles are embarrassing to watch and unusual special effects that only serve to mask a predictable plot and cliche-ridden scenes.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A paralyzingly dopey mess, Pluto sat on the shelf for more than a year while Warner Bros. tried to inject some life into it. You might as well try to revive a stuffed moose.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A waste of talent and money, Pluto Nash seems convinced that simply sticking Eddie Murphy in outer space with expensive special effects will produce laughs.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Forensics experts will be digging through the rubble of this fiasco for a long time, trying to reconstruct the accident. How did so many lines fall flat? Why were the action scenes so corny and unconvincing? Who put the stink on this?

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Pluto Nash

Being one of the worse box office bombs ever isn't a good start really is it. Yet to look at the trailer, the sci-fi fantasy aspect and the films title you could be fooled into thinking this might not be too bad. The title is pretty sweet if you ask me, definitely an 80's movie title right there. The plot is set in 2080 and mainly on the moon which is now called Little America. A location where gambling, girls, criminals and all things seedy are rampant, a bit like Las Vegas in the old days. Eddie Murphy is a retired smuggler who runs a nightclub on the moon and wants a quiet life, but this is all messed up when some goons come along and force Murphy out by destroying his club under the orders of a mysterious kingpin. Its now up to 'Pluto Nash' to find out why, who is the man behind it all and try to get his club back, or what's left of it. I think the first issue with the film are the visuals. The film is oldish but not that old and unfortunately the CGI effects are pretty poor. Shots of the moon, moving vehicles, the lunar surface and of course Little America just look average and obviously CGI. When we close in on the urban areas the sets aren't too bad in design but again its terribly obvious its all sets. It all looks like a very mediocre attempt at a 'Blade Runner-esque' grimy neon lit urban district. The colour palette doesn't really help with everything being grey and boring, yes I know its the moon and the moon is typically grey but come on. There were some nice 50's-esque designs on some buildings and vehicles though, there was that element throughout the film but it still felt drab and lifeless, virtually black and white. Then you have all the interior sets, design and costumes...its all grey!! everything is grey! flippin' eck!. Not only that but the interior designs look so dated, like its all been reused from a 60's TV sci-fi show. I understand that doesn't necessarily make it bad, there are plenty of examples where films have deliberately gone down the homage route or retro design/vibe which can work wonders giving a great charm factor. The problem here is the film had a massive budget and you wonder what they actually used it on. Take the robot character played by Quaid (and the maid robot character). What they have done is simply apply a lot of makeup to Quaid to give him a doll-like appearance, then he merely acts out the robot role. Now again this can be done and it can work but probably best in low budget films that have little choice. In a big production it just tends to feel lackluster, the maid robot was the same but dressed up in a sexy French number as if that makes it more acceptable. I did quite like the 50's sci-fi sense I got from Quaid's robot though, like a butch Robbie the Robot in human form...kinda hehe. Whilst watching I also found the plot to be a tad confusing really, or at least it didn't make much sense because it was all a muddle of grey. There are a lot of character names flying about here, a lot of seemingly pointless stuff, aimless boring dialog and not much action believe it or not. We just move from one cheap looking grey set to the next with little to laugh, disappointing seeing as its supposedly a Murphy sci-fi action romp. But is it? you think it is but its not really, its more like a 1950's nightclub murder noir homage, 'Harlem Nights' in space perhaps. I must admit to thinking of 'Total Recall' at times whilst watching, it has that kind of vibe going on, minus all the excellent action and blood of course. Do I get the feeling this was made and acted the way it was on purpose?...was it?! I'm not sure, I'd like to think that but deep down I really doubt it. I just think it was a poorly executed movie which had potential to become a bit of a classic. I can see why people might enjoy bits of it like Quaid's cheesy robotic performance and the minor visual gags dotted throughout, but end of the day this really feels like its trying to achieve what 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai' achieved. I'm still not really sure whether or not this film was intentionally made like a low budget sci-fi B-movie for artistic reasons, or it just came out that way. The more I think about it, this might have worked much better as a short TV series, it certainly has the look and feel.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Y'know, this isn't a good movie, but it really isn't all that offensive. It's notorious for being the biggest flop ever but when you go into it expecting it to suck harder than anything else in the history of time it's pretty easy to find something to like about it. So at least it was somewhat original in presenting a vision of the future. Not that I laughed. Not a single time. It was supposed to be a comedy right? Also Rosario Dawson is continually likable so.

Nate Harris
Nate Harris

Super Reviewer

This Movie was tiny bit stupid.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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