Beverly Hills Cop
Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
Great improvised riffs by Eddie Murphy. Good chemistry among the stars. Decent action scenes. Terrific 1980s soundtrack. What's not to like? The plot recycles very familiar elements from the genre, but it more than makes up for this by being entertaining.
The hidden theme of the movie strikes me as "male bonding." The key relationship was Alex Foley with the two cops tailing him, Taggart and Rosewood, who grew to like him. Foley had buddy-like banter with everyone, including the woman and even the villain. Maybe that was just Murphy's style, but the whole movie had the vibe of guys just hanging out and being good friends, with occasional gunfire. :-)
Erik Bates: I watched this movie when I was a little kid -- likely several years before my parents should have let me. To this day, it is my favorite Eddie Murphy film. − December 17, 2012 more by Erik