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The Adventures of Pluto Nash
2002 - PG-13 - 90 Mins.
Director: Ron Underwood
Producer: Louis A. Stroller
Written By: Neil Cuthbert
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Randy Quaid, Jay Mohr, and John Cleese
Review by: Joe Rickey
It's the year 2087 and wily nightclub owner Pluto Nash (Eddie Murphy) is being hassled by the mafia to sell his beloved club to the mafia as part of their plan to take over the moon where the club resides. Nash then must battle the continuously annoying mafia for the right to own his club in this film directed by Ron Underwood (City Slickers) and costarring Rosario Dawson, Jay Mohr, Randy Quaid, Pam Grier, and Joe Pantoliano.

Now that is a comedic premise for the ages. Unfortunately,it comes across as such a mish-mash of action, comedy and science fiction that one definitely begins to wonder if it could possibly become good entertainment once put on film celluloid. Not surprisingly, The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a film that allows Eddie Murphy to act out and out wild without thought to script or character development. Eddie Murphy isn't even very funny in this film because the jokes are recycled and overused in the film. There's a running joke involving the currency having Hillary Clinton's face on them that the film unwisely runs into the ground by bringing it up time and time again. The film missteps all too often for a comedy such as it is.

The supporting actors don't have much to do other than stand and watch Murphy do his thing. The film also suffers from being on the shelf too long. The film was completed in 2000 and just now is being released so some of the jokes are outdated and come off as laziness by the creators even though they may have worked a little better had the film been released a little sooner. Warner Bros. Would have been better off not waiting for what they think is the right time for the film and release it much earlier to make its comedy bits work much better. Another detractor is the fact that the bulk of the special effects are cheesy and otherwise very fake looking. Nash's flying car is just dreadful to behold. The few action sequences in the film would probably be considered the lone bright spot in the film because at least they are competent and a little exciting unlike the rest of the film. During the action sequences director Underwood just lets the action speak for itself instead of zooming the camera back and forth like he does during the comedic parts of the film.

Overall, The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a big screen disaster that no one should have to pay to see at his or her local cinema. This film is bad sometimes and dreadfully terrible most of the time.

Movie Guru Rating
A train wreck.  So bad some may find it unintentionally entertaining.
  1 out of 5 stars

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