Christmas flick #7

18 Dec

Trading Places

It was getting to chick-flicky in here for me and I had to take a break.  This fabulous modern take on “The Prince and the Pauper” will rock your world.  Two wealthy well-bred elderly brothers make a bet with each other to ruin two “little” people’s lives to get their jollies.  Have you ever known anyone like that?  Or maybe the real question is have you ever known (or been) anyone who has had their life yanked around by someone else?  Don’t answer that.

Life is up one minute and down the next, or vice versa, but these two strangers on the receiving end of a cruel prank pull themselves up by their bootstraps and do something about it.  Choices are the glorious ornaments of life.  Valentine could have walked out of that men’s room and not cared a fig about what happened to Winthorpe.  He could have gone straight home, cleared the place of valuables, taken one last whirlpool bath, and set himself up quite comfortably again in his old life.  Winthorpe can’t see the point of living without money or his reputation and repeatedly tries to kill himself.  If Valentine hadn’t arrived when he had, Winthorpe may never have known real love…and well, there’d be no movie.

Can’t tell you how much I luv Dan Akroyd (the range of sounds that man can make while toting a salmon in a Santa suit!) and watching Eddie Murphy do his thing.  Frank Oz and Denholm Elliott also return for their second appearance on this list.  Love, love, love.

I never saw this movie back in the ‘80’s, probably because it’s rated R, but it’s another one of my accidental discoveries from a Saturday afternoon UHF movie marathon.  I loved it so much I couldn’t possibly finish the laundry while I watched and went right out to get myself a copy.  Of course, nobody told me the edited for tv version was actually edited for tv.  Nothing a remote control with fresh batteries can’t fix.  There’s nothing B about this movie…except the two scenes with bare boobs.

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