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Viewed at Kent 6
Rated PG-13; running time of 96 minutes
Genre: Supposedly Comedy
Written by: Neil Cuthbert
Directed by: Ron Underwood
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Pam Grier, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Peter Boyle, Illeana Douglas, Luis Guzman, James Rebhorn, Burt Young, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Victor Varnado, John Cleese
WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.
In the year 2080, Pluto Nash (Eddie Murphy) has just been released from prison after serving time for smuggling. His first stop is to visit his old friend Anthony Frankowski (Jay Mohr). After exchanging pleasantries with Tony, he promptly saves him from a loan shark. Tony borrowed money to open a nightclub and defaulted on the loan. Pluto paid the loan off, took over the club and in 7 years it is the most successful nightclub on the Moon.
It's so successful that the local mob wants the club in order to make it a gambling establishment. When Pluto refuses, they blow up his club. Pluto with the help of his night club singer, Dina Lake (Rosario Dawson) and his trusty Body Guard Bruno (Randy Quaid), sets off to find out who this elusive gangster Rex Crater is and to once in for all get the guy off his back.
Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time there was this Diva who found herself with child. This child was desperately wanted by the diva and her husband and she couldn't have been happier the day she learned that she was going to be a mommy. The Diva became convinced that she was carrying a little diva. Big Diva was happy; all was right with the world, until week 5 of her pregnancy. That's when the nausea and morning sickness kicked in. Anytime of the day or night the diva found her face inside of a toilet. " Why has God cursed me so? " she asked. "Why has the happiest time of my life been marred with frequent trips to the restroom?" "This most definitely is a girl, because a boy would not do this to his mother." She cried. This went on until about week 15. On that Tuesday, the birds were chirping, the clouds opened up and the sun shone through. The Diva woke up feeling good. Everyday was a new day. The Diva could take on the world! Bring it on baby! She felt so good she even went to the late show of Pluto Nash that Friday - no small feat since she is usually too tired to breathe come 8 p.m.- 10 minutes after The Diva left the movie, she promptly threw up and has been sick ever since.
My point? This movie was so bad that my unborn child objected to it. I'm almost ready to sue. Sue, Warner Bros. and everyone involved with this picture. This was supposed to be a comedy. I giggled a few times - maybe. I'll tell you I almost cried more than once.
Beyond the lack of direction and acting, there was a total lack of originality. Every other scene pointed to another movie. It was just ridiculous. And if this movie had not brought my morning sickness back, I might feel sorry for the studio that spent 90 million to make the movie and only made 2 million on it this weekend. That's a scenario that would make some studios file for bankruptcy.
The only reason you should watch this movie is via a rental for "bad movie night". I plan on buying a copy myself for my collection of "train wrecks on celluloid".
All prints of this film should be sent to and buried on Pluto.
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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2002
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