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This 1992 Eddie Murphy comedy starts out like a warmed-over Frank Sinatra vehicle of the 50s or 60s, but before long it becomes clear that Murphy—who's 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's been playing for years. In a rare act of deference, he even lets himself get blown off the screen by the galvanic Robin Givens (A Rage in Harlem), who plays his boss at an ad agency, and before it's all over Halle Berry gives him a run for his movie too. The general idea is to exploit a certain amount of role reversal, and Reginald Hudlin, who directed House Party, does 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.

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