Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon. (IMDb)
Moore’s exuberance, creativity, and determination as a true and crude man of the people carried his career through any and all obstacles–and through Murphy’s excellent portrayal it carries this film too, with its biggest obstacle being the script’s failure to dwell on any of the obstacles in Moore’s trajectory to the top. So the journey’s a little too light and breezy, but like Moore’s crew you just can’t help but get caught up in the scandalous and silly fun of it all (see the sex scene shoot).
When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past – which is really the present. (IMDb)
Extremely crude and sexist party/drugs/sex schtick dominates this film, and it’s way too over the line to ever be funny (only Adam Jr.’s wedding planning ever gets laughs) and despite the ongoing “Lou’s an asshole” thread and a couple of very surprising bits of serious character work (see Lou’s humble self-awareness on the roof, AA idea at the end) it’s not justified from a dramatic point of view either–especially considering how they null it all in the end anyways for a mediocre comedy bit.
A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born. (IMDb)
Despite having the always fun time-travel trope, the plot feels pretty lame (it’s mostly just dumb party schtick with girls and booze), and a generally comedically flat lead foursome doesn’t help the entertainment value. There are a few good jokes (Glover’s recurring missing arm gag is great; the completely unexplained “Great White Buffalo” is a delightful bit of nonsense) and the usually annoying Lou’s manipulation of the past at the end is fun, but it’s a mostly mediocre movie otherwise.
The celebrities-playing-themselves bit definitely provides some good laughs; funny scenes are made funnier because it’s Jay Baruchel being made fun of, not a character, for example. The six leads are all in good form and the other cameos are solid as well. The outrageous apocalypse plot serves as a good backdrop for the humour but as the story progresses and quasi-religious elements begin to enter the mix, it starts to feel much too silly, tainting an otherwise decent comedy.