Beverly Hills Cop
“You’re not going to fall for the banana in the tailpipe?” It should be more natural, brother. It should flow out, like this – “Look, man, I ain’t fallin’ for no banana in my tailpipe!” See, that’s more natural for us. You been hanging out with this dude too long.
Believe it or not, there was a time when Eddie Murphy was funny. And not only that, he used to be a huge box office draw. When people saw his name on a movie poster, two things were automatic: you were gonna see it, and you were gonna love it.
In the early 80s, Murphy had already proven himself twice over, in 82’s 48 Hours and in 83’s Trading Spaces. Then as 1984 drew to a close, his latest flick hit theaters, and man, did it ever. 13 straight weeks as the number one movie in America, earning $230 million.
Beverly Hills Cop tells the tale of Detroit cop Axel Foley who heads off to Cali (On “vacation”. Yeah, that’s it.) to track down his buddy’s murderer. And you can imagine how well a wiseass blue collar cop tearing up the streets of Beverly Hills goes over with the local police.
When he’s not busy getting thrown through plate glass windows, getting bounced from posh country clubs, and generally causing havoc up and down Rodeo Drive, Axel manages to piss off just about every member of the BHPD. Sure, Rosewood and Taggart eventually (reluctantly) agree to help Foley in his investigation, but let’s just say it wasn’t love at first sight.
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention the killer Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. Chock full of perfectly-80s hits (including “New Attitude”, “Neutron Dance”, “The Heat is On”, and the synth-pop instrumental “Axel F”), it went all the way to number one, and it stayed there for 3 weeks in the summer of 85.
Ah… a funny Eddie Murphy, a great soundtrack, and some hilarious one-liners, and a couple good shootouts– what’s not to love?
We ♥ Beverly Hills Cop.