Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)
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Critic Reviews for Eddie Murphy Raw
It's impossible to deny the virtuosity of his non-stop delivery, but the relentless macho onslaught sadly lacks the saving grace of Richard Pryor's self-irony.
Mr. Murphy is clearly proud of his prejudices. Nonetheless, this feature-length concert film is hilarious, putting Mr. Murphy on a par with Mr. Pryor at his best.
[Murphy's] material, which trades on racial and sexual stereotypes even as it skewers them, may be offensive to some, but for others he remains a hell of a good yuck.
The comedian proves himself -- again -- as an unfailing mimic with astounding energy.
Murphy approaches the storytelling skills of Pryor and Cosby, mixed with a sketch comedian's gonzo willingness to take a joke to its surreal extremes.
Audience Reviews for Eddie Murphy Raw
Eddie Murphy: I'm sadistic. I go to the supermarkets to watch mothers lose it and beat the shit out of their kids. "Catch him in the act. Uncensored Uncut Irresistibly..." Eddie Murphy Raw is classic Eddie Murphy. It's a standup concert filmed live in New York, where Murphy does his usual sex jokes and impersonations. Overall, the movie is a good time and has plenty of hilarious moments. I'm not going to go out on the ledge and say that this is the best standup I've ever seen or that Eddie Murphy is the best comedian ever, but he is very good. He has a stars presence on stage just as he does on the screen. I guess there could be plenty of reasons to not like Raw if you don't want to. The jokes may be tasteless, immoral, obscene, and whatever else you want to call them; but their also good. This isn't something you'd want to show to your 11 year old son or daughter, but for adults, this comedy works and it works because of Murphy's confidence in what he's saying. As far as these stand-up movies go, Eddie Murphy Raw is a classic. Murphy has influenced many comedians with his fast talking, hyper paced shows. He knows what will make people laugh and he executes his jokes perfectly. Well worth a look if you think classic Murphy is funny.
I miss this Eddie Murphy.
Extremely vulgar (it holds the record for most f-bombs in a film from the 1980's), but extremely hilarious, insightful, and entertaining as well. I miss the old Eddie Murphy. This films is a great reminder of how brilliant and funny he once was. It's definitely worth watching.
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