One of the many great comedies that Eddie Murphy starred in during the 80s. His second film endeavor and like the first (48 Hrs.) Murphy proved that he was already a star. Holding his own quite well against the SNL veteran Dan Aykroyd these two make for comedy gold. At this point in time John Landis could do no wrong.
Back in a time when Eddie Murphy was great at just being Eddie Murphy and he wasn't so discontented by the idea that he wouldn't be allowed to play all the characters in a film. Trading Places will always be a Christmas family staple in my home. Beef Jerky, anyone?
While the final act descends into madcap farce, for most of its runtime "Trading Places" is an appreciably assembled film that doesn't slack on visual storytelling simply because it's a comedy. Of course, the movie is bolstered by the mega-watt charisma of its leading players: Eddie Murphy in his absolute prime, Dan Akroyd as a totally game 'straight man,' and Denholm Elliott providing the quiet heart of the tale.