Trading Places Reviews

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December 9, 2020
Since 48 hrs. had yet to be released, Landis and the studio took a big risk casting Murphy, fortunately, the gamble (pun intended) paid off.
December 5, 2020
The two stars (especially Murphy) are terrific, and the supporting cast provides additional flavor.
December 1, 2020
...Trading Places is still funny with thanks to Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy but some of the film's racial aspects are problematic in this era.
May 23, 2020
Juxtaposing iconic architecture and historic statues with this heavily loaded satire examining the intersection of race and class situate Trading Places firmly in its American context.
September 24, 2019
Trading Places is an excellent comedy -- a bit cold and cerebral, but well-constructed and organized. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 10, 2018
What really resonates about this comedy, some 30 years after its release, is how it was able to intuitively crystallise the whole socio-political landscape of the era.
October 23, 2018
Landis' direction is deft, but the sparkling performances are the real draw not only by Murphy and Aykroyd but also by Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy as the meddling oldsters, Denholm Elliott as the gentlemanly servant and Jamie Lee Curtis.
November 23, 2015
Trading Places is a comedy of unavoidable fits and starts.
August 3, 2013
This blatant, unacknowledged reworking of The Prince and the Pauper is a rattling comedy showcase for the unique talents of Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, who have seldom recaptured the form they show here.
August 3, 2013
While the two-hour running time overstretches the material, there are plenty of laughs -- as well as sly digs at the racism and greed of the American establishment.
August 3, 2013
Directed by John Landis with a surprising amount of class, though he lets some of his old Animal House' vulgarity slip ostentatiously into the action.
August 3, 2013
It's all outrageously contrived, and only surprising restraint by director John Landis makes it work. The writing is superb, too, leaving the two funnymen free to do the most inspired textured portrayals either has managed in movies.
January 1, 2011
Edgy, bawdy '80s comedy not meant for kids.
December 6, 2010
...a fun-filled film all the way around.
February 14, 2010
Preposterous lighthearted one-joke comedy.
July 2, 2009 of the most impressive comedies to emerge out of the 1980s.
April 2, 2008
Fast-paced and energetic social satire fleshed out with lots of enjoyable silliness.
April 2, 2008
The Saturday Night Live veterans Murphy and Ackroyd are the show-stealers here in this decent family comedy.
April 2, 2008
Trading Places also makes Eddie Murphy a force to be reckoned with.
April 2, 2008
This 1983 film re-creates a screwball comedy format and then eliminates everything but the crudest audience-gratification elements; any incursions into the more morally complicated side of the genre are quickly curtailed.
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