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Eddie Murphy's best comedy to date starts off like a warmed-over Frank Sinatra vehicle of the 50s or 60s, but before long it becomes clear that Murphy--who is credited with the story that Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield's script is based on--is interested in critiquing, perhaps even dismantling, the narcissistic womanizer he has been playing for years. In a rare act of deference he even lets himself get blown off the screen by the galvanic star power of Robin Givens (A Rage in Harlem), who plays his boss at an ad agency, and before the movie's over Halle Berry gives him a run for his movie, too. The general idea is to exploit a certain amount of role reversal, and brothers Reginald and Warrington Hudlin, the directing and producing team behind House Party, do a fairly good job of making this fun. There are also a couple of spirited and raunchy turns by Grace Jones and Eartha Kitt, and David Alan Grier and Martin Lawrence are around as the hero's best friends. (Water Tower, Biograph, Bricktown Square, Burnham Plaza, Ford City, Plaza, Golf Mill, Bel-Air Drive-In, Double Drive-In, Evanston, Hyde Park)

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