Trading Places
Trading Places (1983)

The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit comedy. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) make a one-dollar bet… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Trading Places is a comedy of unavoidable fits and starts.

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Variety Staff

Trading Places is a light romp geared up by the schtick shifted by Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

This blatant, unacknowledged reworking of The Prince and the Pauper is a rattling comedy showcase for the unique talents of Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, who have seldom recaptured the form they show here.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Trading Places also makes Eddie Murphy a force to be reckoned with.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

As a satire on the internecine savagery of fiscal doings under late Reaganite capitalism, the movie is not as biting as it thinks it is; but it's still the best hoot since Arthur.

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Total Film

While the two-hour running time overstretches the material, there are plenty of laughs -- as well as sly digs at the racism and greed of the American establishment.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1983 film re-creates a screwball comedy format and then eliminates everything but the crudest audience-gratification elements; any incursions into the more morally complicated side of the genre are quickly curtailed.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What's most visible in the movie is the engaging acting. Murphy and Aykroyd are perfect foils for each other.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Directed by John Landis with a surprising amount of class, though he lets some of his old Animal House' vulgarity slip ostentatiously into the action.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Okay 80's comedy. Laughed a few times.
Melvin White
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Daniel Perry
A classic 80s comedy that's still surprisingly relevant in our day.
Jason Robinson
One of the best movies. Ever.
Letitia Lew
That was amazing. Eddie Murphy killed it. Didn't like Winthorpe though.
Chris Weber
One of my many joys in life is sitting down to watch an Eddie Murphy film from the 80s, back when he was at his peak, and a true comedic master. This movie, a… More