Thursday, August 8, 2013

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Beverly Hills Cop Movie #1 (Hmm...this would have been perfect for my Revenge theme last year!)
Synopsis: Smartass from America's toilet teaches by-the-book law enforcement officers a few valuable tips including: harassment, breaking-and-entering, lying to a superior, impersonating a customs official, and theft.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “The heat is on in this fast paced action-comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street smart Detroit cop tracking down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills.”

What Did I Learn?: Police officers are far more likely to trust a respected businessman like Victor Maitland than a foul-mouthed jerk from out of town.

You Might Like This Movie If: you can't get enough of a certain, and rather famous piece of music.

Really?: 1) So, are hotel managers and desk clerks extremely gullible? Come to think of it, isn't it highly probably that somebody in the bonded warehouse would ask to take a closer look at Foley's quickly-flashed badge? 2) So, Rosewood is given a direct order to drive Foley to the outskirts of the city, and... he instead allows Foley and Jenny to enter Maitland's warehouse? How many cops would do that? 3) It's amazing how everything is wrapped up in a nice, neat little package at the end of the film. Wouldn't Internal Affairs, or some other police investigative unit want to look into everything that took place at the Maitland residence?

Rating: Originally written with Sylvester Stallone in mind for the lead, Beverly Hills Cop is a perfect blend of action and comedy, with a kickass soundtrack to keep things moving. Eddie Murphy was at the top of his game when he made this film, and he enjoys some nice chemistry with Judge Reinhold and John Ashton (Rosewood and Taggart). Beverly Hills Cop is a classic - highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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