Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Two Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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Buddy Cop movies were all the rage in the 1980’s, the modus operandi of which was to ally a straight laced do-gooder with a reckless crazy person (often but not exclusively played by a stand-up comedian).  Eddie Murphy previously helped to establish this trend with 48 Hours.  With this film, though, he took a somewhat different approach to what is essentially the same formula.  Eddie Murphy is Axel Foley, a cop from Detroit whose best friend was killed right in front of him, and he’s determined to find those responsible.  He traces the killers to Beverly hills where he forces himself upon officers John Taggart and Billy Rosewood (played by John Ashton and Judge Reinhold respectively), homicide investigators who play by the rules.

(Usually)

A Toast

The film benefits greatly from the interplay between the three Detectives as Axel Foley provides temptation for Taggart and Rosewood to skirt the rulebook.  Reinhold made an entire career playing nice guys, but Rosewood is perhaps his nicest, and watching Foley break down his inhibitions offers endless laughs.  There was a time when Eddie Murphy was a force of nature in the film business, bringing his brand of off-the-wall humor to each new character he played.  It is a shame that somewhere in the mid 90’s he decided to sacrifice what made him great in the name of cheap laughs and children’s movies.

Do you see that Eddie?  That’s your dignity, and it’s driving away…

Beer Two

The strengths of the performances and dialog mostly overcome the film’s chief weakness; the story.  There was very little to distinguish this movie over competing franchises which came before it.  Thankfully, the cast manages to have excellent chemistry and is very likable.

Verdict

Good movie, 2 Beer Movie, Movie Boozer, 2 Beers, Cheers

If it isn’t exactly original, Beverly Hills Cop boasts one of star Eddie Murphy’s strongest characters, making it essential viewing for genre fans.

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: whenever Axel outsmarts Rosewood and Taggart.

Take a Drink: whenever the “Da, Da, Da, Da Da, Da Da” from the main theme kicks in.

Drink a Shotwhen Eddie Murphy does an impression and/or bullshits someone

About Oberst von Berauscht

Oberst Von Berauscht once retained the services of a Gypsy to imbue in him the ability to accurately describe the artistic qualities of a film up to seven decimal points. To maintain this unique skill, he must feast on the blood of a virgin every Harvest Moon, or failing that (and he usually does), he can also make a dog do that thing they do where they twist their heads slightly (you know, when they're confused about something) at least a few times a week. I've gotten way off track here... The point is, Oberst is one of the website's founders, so... yeah

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