Boomerang (1992)

Reginald Hudlin directs Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens and Halle Berry in this romantic comedy where a sexist lothario has the tables turned on him when his hot new female boss humps and dumps him.

Critical reputation and vague memories of this meant I was expecting a poor and bland no-brainier half watch experience. But Natalie and I laughed our arses off at this on rewatch. Some of comedy is very broad and most is nicely down and dirty. The support cast is thick with big, showstopping turns… Eartha Kitt, Grace Jones, Geoffrey Holder, John Witherspoon, Tisha Campbell and Chris Rock have all been given the directions get laughs or go home. They kill. Leaving Eddie to seduce the gorgeous ladies, deliver some nicer, subtler jokes and go through a well paced emotional arc. It is glossy and sprawling and full of daft bits. Well worth a second try.


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One comment

  1. PatrickWhy · April 23, 2020

    A minor classic! Not quite top shelf Murphy canon, but damn near!


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