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January 1, 2017
Rating: 83%
Featuring a smart script and well-cast actors, Trading Places offers a valuable lesson without giving up on laughs.
December 27, 2016
Dated but still funny, a bit more gratuitous nudity than I care for.
Super Reviewer
December 21, 2016
Okay 80's comedy. Laughed a few times.
½ December 18, 2016
Watched this again on the Christmas Movie Channel. What a shock and example of how time changes perception of what is funny!

Not only did we have the Twin Towers as a stark reminder of recent horrific events we also had the hilarious Eddie Murphy being referred to as s 'Nigger' and stereo typed as naturally a criminal.

A very funny film at the time and I remembered enjoying it a lot. But boy times have changed for the better.
½ December 2, 2016
Comedy classic that holds up perfectly, thanks to two outstanding lead performances along with a sharp satire on class & crony capitalism. Murphy & Aykroyd are at their career best, bouncing between super rich & miserably poor effortlessly. Aykroyd particularly shines as his life slowly falls apart, and even when it gets pretty dark, you can't help but laugh. Both leads get great support from the rest of the cast, particularly Jamie Lee Curtis as the hooker with the heart of gold and both Ralph Bellamy & Don Ameche are perfect scumbags. Behind the camera, John Landis makes a pointed satire on class & crony capitalism and how those ahead rig the game to stay that way, while not being an condemnation of the getting rich in general (that's what the heroes ultimately do). Even the ridiculous parts work, some resulting in the film's biggest laughs (the gorilla sequence is laugh out loud funny). Overall, one of the funniest comedies ever and, since it takes place during Christmas, a great holiday film.
November 17, 2016
Another one of those "smart" comedies of the 80's, 'Trading Places' presents a fine and original story overloaded with gags and brilliant humour, that almost has a seriousness to it due to the observation of snobbishness and prejudice on Wall Street. Eddie Murphy is once again fantastic, and as much as I admire Dan Aykroyd as an actor and comedian, I personally couldn't stand his "poncey" persona portrayed in this film which was at times rather annoying. This aside the two have perfect chemistry and the film almost acts as a caper at times. Whilst I don't think it stands up to the likes of 'Beverly Hills Cop', it is still a very well-made comedy from Landis.
October 31, 2016
Very good comedy that stands the test of time. Murphy & Acroyd flawlessly carry the movie.
August 29, 2016
You can bet One Dollar that this is a great comedy, but I didn't like Dan Aykroyd coast through absolute, unwarranted poverty.
½ August 20, 2016
This is one of those comedies that has a heart, and the payoff at the end feels more than justified.
August 18, 2016
A homeless con artist is approached by two billionaire brothers who make a bet that they can take a privileged person (Aykroyd) and trade places with the poor Eddie Murphy and see who succeeds. This is comedy at its best.
August 5, 2016
Aykroyds and Murphys performances makes most of "Trading Places" easy to overlook its otherwise silly plot.
½ August 5, 2016
Trading Places is a classic comedy movie. Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are hilarious together. This is also one of Dan Aykroyd's and Eddie Murphy's best movies yet. This movie also has a great plot. Impossible not to laugh! I would very much suggest this movie.
½ August 1, 2016
Hilariously funny and has a thoughtful message.
July 25, 2016
Doesn't get any better than this
July 18, 2016
Felt more like a middle-school play than a movie. I know Dan Aykroyd can act... just not in this movie.
July 3, 2016
This is one of my favourite movies and definately my favourite Christmas movie. Aside of being funny as what, it tackles a lot of important themes. Greed, the hypocricy of groupthink, the giant gap between rich and poor, racism and being betrayed by "friends" and falling from grace. Eventually, intellectual wit and true friendship win the day and provide a very satisfying happy end. Every time I watch this movie, I see new details of the rich world the directors have shaped. I learned a lot about the economy thanks to this movie. And the acting is superb. The way characters as Billy Valentine (Eddie Murphy) and Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche) sometimes break the fourth wall is hilarious. Best line: the lovely and ever so proper Coleman on war path saying: "Egg nolk?"
Oh and I forgot about the superior soundtrack. Starting the movie with Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and images of the rich and the poor, the trading and the properous is nothing short of brilliant.
½ July 2, 2016
Landis' films have a certain style and feel to them. "Trading Places" utilizes that feel, in combination to tremendous comedic talent and social satire to produce an incredibly entertaining romp. Everyone here is at the top of their games.
½ May 23, 2016
A great comedy with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. These two actors have good chemistry and deliver their humor to the audience very smoothly.
March 27, 2016
Clever, intelligent and above all fun, Trading Places is a delightfully entertaining social experiment that brings out incredible performances from Dan Aykroid, Eddie Murphy and especially Jamie Lee Curtis.
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