Trading Places – 1983 – English
Film directed in 1983 by John Landis, and starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, James Belushi, Don Ameche, Giancarlo Esposito, Kristin Holby, Denholm Elliott, Ralph Bellamy…
Synopsis: Two businessmen hold different theses about the conditions of human nature. For one it is a question of genetics, for the other it is a question of education. To corroborate their theories they make a bet for which the destinies of two socially antagonistic people change.
Review: Right from the opening credits, this film shows quality. It stands above other comedies due to the lack of filler material – every line is memorable.
The cast is great; the two leads make the most of their characters (both as brokers and bums) but never overstep the mark, thanks partly to the tight editing. The plot becomes a little bizarre, but by that time you’re already hooked, and the ending of the film is pure joy. To my mind, no recent comedy has been this good; it mixes high and low brow jokes without resorting to toilet humour, it doesn’t pull any punches (spot the social commentary), the performances are masterful and the script achieves depth without sacrificing the one-liners or slowing the pace.