The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)


distinguished gentleman[pretending to be Zeke Bridges]”I’m madder than a Baptist in a brothel, you som-bitch! I tell ya, I’m bout as crazy as a dog in a hubcap factory.” – Thomas Jefferson Johnson

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in ’92, cable, video and 10 Jun 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A con-man decided to run for congress in order to pull off the biggest con possible

My Take on it – Eddie Murphy’s parody of Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) proves that even after 50 years, things aren’t that different in the political system of the US.

He does an excellent job of taking a very serious movie about government and turning it into a comedic look at the lawmakers while still keeping the overall message intact.

Even after 23 years, I still laughed really hard at how the system works because they manage to make fun of it so easily.  I could imagine this as a skit on SNL but who woulda thought that it would be possible to make a movie slightly shorter than 2 hours which poignantly pokes fun at the way that the Congressional system works.

Murphy manages to throw in many of his great impressions which always make us laugh. (what happened to him later on) 😦

In my opinion this ranks close to some of Murphy’s best movies because it works so well at what it attempts to do; make us laugh at some of the absurdities of the system 🙂

Bottom Line – Great way to remake Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). It keeps the basic message intact while also poking fun at the way Congress really works.  Truly an ingenious idea by Murphy.  Goes to show much hasn’t changed in the 50 years since the original.  Even after 23 years, this is still funny and appropriately parodies the Congressional system. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Johnson quotes several Presidents of the United States (as well as a few other American historical figures including “Live Free or Die” from Revolutionary War General John Stark) during his run for Congress speech. “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” Franklin D. Roosevelt; “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” John F. Kennedy; and “Read My Lips” George Bush (George H.W. Bush, #41). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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