That’s So 80’s – Trading Places (1983)

THAT’S SO 80s! takes a nostalgic trip down VHS memory lane, remembering some of the cheesiest movies from one of the cheesiest decades.

trading_places_xlgFellow movie connoisseur MOVIEROB joins forces with SLIP/THROUGH for a semi-regular column highlighting some of the best scenes (and fashion choices) of the era.

This edition of That’s So 80s! gets its retro comedy on with the hilarious way back cult classic TRADING PLACES, starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Think PRINCE & THE PAUPER, except this R-rated concept is less Mark Twain and more SNL. Still prevalent to contemporary times, this financial What If? scenario sees Murphy and Aykroyd switch stations in life – from poor to rich – after a bet by two old rich White guys.

Rob and Dan breakdown what they love about this retro gem, from the 80s fashion to the 80s sensibilities.

Enjoy! And Stay Rad!

Check out the full post here

I was so happy when Dan chose this film as our next joint review for this series.

It’s one of my favorite movies featuring Eddie Murphy and is his first real hit of his career as a movie comedian.

The first scene he appears in says it all because he does a perfect job of pretending to be a crippled war veteran who as soon as his sham is exposed, instantly begins to praise god for his miraculous recovery.

Murphy is a comedian’s comedian and no matter how hard he has tried, he’ll never be considered a dramatic actor… ever; he just isn’t capable of the transformation needed.

Teaming him up with SNL alum Dan Aykroyd was pure genius because he actually IS capable of succeeding in the straight role despite his comedic background.

The plot us based on the famous idea of two men betting whether a prince and a pauper could switch places and eventually embody the qualities of his opposite.

Mark Twain wrote a great story about this scenario and numerous movies and books have tackled the issue, but this movie gets the idea so close to being perfect.

The supporting cast is superb with 3 amazing actors who all went against their typecast to show us their range here.

Jamie Lee Curtis was able to get rid of her Scream Queen persona to play a compassionate woman of the night.

Don Ameche returned to acting after many years to play one of the two businessmen who make the bet.

Ralph Bellamy who is famous for playing FDR takes on the role of the second brother.

I always love to watch their cameo in Coming to America (1989) which gives us a glimpse of their futures.

Paul Gleason.. aka Mr. Vernon or Dwayne T. Robinson is great as the sleazy security expert that this performance probably led to him being cast in the other two amazing roles.

I love the way the story is structured and how the pace picks up for the finale.

I’ve never understood the stock market and this movie shows that no one needs to understand it J

This movie has some great cameo roles:

Al Franken has a superb cameo as a baggage handler, Frank Oz is great as a corrupt cop and Jim Belushi pops up as a party loving guy in a gorilla suit.

80’s me – 4
Now – 5
How 80’s – 3

 Akroyd doing his best Eddie Murphy Interpretation

Did I say plastic?…I meant paper

 Eddie Murphy’s winning smile

He looks JUST like Santa…right?


Proof that Jamie Lee can also act?

 I gotta swear in this thing???


Bet ur glad u skipped detection in Shermer High this weekend Mr. Vernon!

 Belushi being… Belushi


Doesn’t she look like a mannequin here?

I played a better President on film than Reagan was in actuality!

Which of these is the ape and which is a Senator in Congress?



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