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Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy try but fail to bring this flat comedy to life, while the story itself is hampered by intercutting between the years of 1982 in Los Angeles (Moore) and 1984 in Kuwait (Murphy), with no explanation of how these two disparate people and locations are related. Wylie (Moore) is an inept engineer trying to perfect a gyro system for his employers who contract projects with the U.S. defense department. Wylie accidentally gets some blueprints for another type of gyro -- and his company successfully manufactures the part, much to almost everyone's benefit.… More

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"It really isn't easy to make a movie as mind-bendingly bad as Best Defense. It takes hard work, a very great deal of money and people so talented that it matters when they fail with such utter lack of distinction."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Aiming for the zaniness of Catch-22, this comedy misfires."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A dismally unfunny shambles."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Try as they may, neither the cast nor the filmmakers can cover up the fact that this movie, like Moore's prototype, is a dud."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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