A film by the great John Landis starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd (who knew each other from SNL) Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy and Jamie Lee Curtis. A comedy film with two fantastic comedians, if you are a fan of either actor, you won’t be disappointed. The language surprised me, with how uncensored it was, compared to today’s standards. The plot is interesting, and based on an smart idea. The humor is mostly good and tasteful, unfortunately Murphy has failed to deliver those kinds of movies lately.
Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it’s a person’s environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe’s job. (Trading Places)