Monday, December 24

Trading Places

Happy Christmas Eve everyone.

Thank you for visiting and following my 12 Days of Holiday Movie favorites. I hope I have inspired some of you to go out and buy/rent some of these wonderful, fun, festive movies.

Trading Places is my twelfth favorite holiday movie. It actually is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time, but since these are not in exact order of greatest to least, I feel comfortable having it on the 12 greatest list.

With such great lines as "Constance Frye, Constance Frye, any time you call...", "And she stepped on the ball" and "looking good Lewis, feeling good, Todd", how can you go wrong? What a grand movie. From the opening scenes of downtown Philly, to the snow-covered winding hillsides of the Duke brother's estate, to the downtown holiday decorations in the Heritage Club, to the music, and the oh, I could go on and on. Hail to John Landis for directing such a masterpiece.

What Amazon said:
In this crowd-pleasing 1983 comedy of high finance about a homeless con artist who becomes a Wall Street robber baron, Eddie Murphy consolidated the success of his startling debut in the previous year's 48 Hours and polished his slick-winner persona. The turnabout begins with an argument between super-rich siblings, played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche: Are captains of industry, they wonder, born or made? To settle the issue, the meanies construct a cruel experiment in social Darwinism. Preppie commodities trader Dan Aykroyd (perfectly cast) is stripped of all his worldly goods and expelled from the firm, and Murphy's smelly derelict is appointed to take his place, graduating to tailored suits and a world-class harem in record time. Eventually the two men team up to teach the nasty old manipulators a lesson, cornering the market in frozen orange juice futures in the process. Director John Landis (The Blues Brothers) doesn't have the world's lightest touch, but he hits most of the jokes hard and quite a few of them pay off. Trading Places is also a landmark film for fans of Jamie Lee Curtis. --David Chute

1 comment:

saffry said...

Very good choice. I love the stoned baggage workers on the New Year's Eve train. Some of Al Franken's best work.

I tried to Tivo Christmas in Connecticut last night, but we had a bad wind storm that messed up the connection. Now I'll have to wait 'til next year.

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