"When I was growing up, if we wanted a Jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub."

Call me Captain Cavegirl...

So Trading Places is not your traditional holiday lesson, and please don't confuse it for a decorating show where people cry and breakdown because someone ruined the fireplace when they were asked not to touch it. It's really a story that just coincidentally happens during the holidays.

This movie made me a fan of Dan Aykroyd. And yes, I like him better than Tom with it. They were in Dragnet together if that makes any of you Tomfoolery Hanks-hooligans feel any better...and it sucked...but at least they didn't pretend that it didn't:) At any rate, Aykroyd plays Louis Winthorpe (and it's actually pronounced Lewis as in Emmanuel Lewis of Webster fame) a rich guy ready to marry a debutante and live the high life. His plans for champagne wishes and caviar dreams are thwarted by his bosses Randolph and Mortimer Duke. They make a bet that they can make a criminal out of a businessman, and vise versa. Billy Ray Valentine, played skillfully by Eddie Murphy is the counterpart of the experiment. What the brothers don't count on is Billy Ray and Louis "turning the tables" on them.

Reasons to see this movie: Aykroyd and Murphy are brilliant; Murphy does a scene where he talks of the jacuzzi he had as a kid (when they had to fart in the bathtub); Aykroyd basically turns into an indigent and has the best costumes ever seen in film (including a disheveled Santa who gets Christmas ham caught in his beard); the scenes on the train at the end with Aykroyd dressed as a rastafarian; Don Ameche dropping the f-bomb; and of course, some gorilla humor.

Merry New Year!!


At 11:06 PM, Blogger JoviFan said...

I believe the source of protein Akroyd has hidden in his Santa Beard is a rather large salmon filet. This is a mere detail, Reesie, but an important one not to be overlooked! I have to thank you for paying proper hommage to this brilliant film, even though it might not be a traditional film featuring Patty Duke coming face to face with her daughter's murderer and inviting him over for a holiday spiral ham. Oh wait, that was another Lifetime holiday drama/thriller. Anyway, I digress. Trading Places is a must-see!
And he was wearing a Harvard Oh Sure, he went t Harvard!

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Mo said...

Anytime Nance, I apologize you are correct it was a salmon filet, I think he put the ham in his jacket when he attacked the buffet.

By the way, Bruce Boxlightner (Mr. Laura Ingalls) was mentioned on Kiss 108 this am by one of the dj's regarding his highly acclaimed work as a Lifetime movie actor. Coincidence? Methinks Kiss 108 is reading your blog!!

At 4:39 PM, Blogger JoviFan said...

Another correction. The protein source posing as an assault weapon in Akroyd's Santa Suit pocket was actually a slice of prime rib. I think your ham reference is totally misplaced here, Reesie. For once, I can TRUMP your knowledge of all things cinematic. But that said, I love that you did a piece on Trading Places!

At 12:35 AM, Blogger Mo said...

Yeah, I haven't seen it in awhile, I must I'm not sure about the meat jargon. I'll do better next time...I promise!

At 12:54 AM, Anonymous LizFwiz said...

Ham, Salmon, Prime Rib, A Big Mac, none the less, NASTY it was in his friggin beard!

At 5:30 PM, Blogger lms129 said...

Total classic! As funny as Eddie Murphy was in this, I must admit, Dan Akroyd's character going from riches to rags was much funnier than Billy Ray becoming rich. I love when Winthorp is standing in the rain, looking through the posh restaurant window in that filthy rotten coat which must have weighed 100 pounds. When he approaches his friends for help in that upscale country club in that outfit, precious. Big snob in those filthy clothes "You actually know those people???"


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