Eddie Murphy: Raw

1987

Action / Comedy / Documentary

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 77% · 22 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85% · 25K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.6/10 10 20530 20.5K

Plot summary

Eddie Murphy delights, shocks and entertains with dead-on celebrity impersonations, observations on '80s love, sex and marriage, a remembrance of Mom's hamburgers and much more.



January 11, 2024 at 10:26 PM

Director

Robert Townsend

Top cast

Samuel L. Jackson as Eddie's Uncle
Eddie Murphy as Himself
Tatyana Ali as Singing Child
Deon Richmond as Little Eddie
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews 8 / 10

If you have a heart condition, watching this may kill you

I'm not kidding, my stomach is sore from all the laughing. After a brief sketch that serves as a lead-in and to some extent, a setup, this is 77 minutes of pure and gradually increasing hilarity(and there is actually insight to a ton of what he says). This and Hot Fuzz(which had the greater effect on me, but you really can't compare these) are the only two things where I've ever felt like I might croak, that my (23-year old and trim as of writing this, mind you) body might be overwhelmed from my enjoying the crap out of what I was seeing and hearing. I love Murphy when he is allowed to do what he does best, and not asked to do it in an irritating manner. The man has a machine-gun for a mouth(in the sense that it can fire off absolutely lethal verbal projectiles at such a speed that counting them soon becomes an exercise in pointless behaviour) and he can behave arrogantly as well as self-deprecating(if the scales aren't necessarily equal). His impersonations are excellent, and Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor(R.I.P.), Michael Jackson(R.I.P.), Africans, Jamaicans, Italians, etc. must have been embarrassed, if they don't have(or had in those 2 cases) a sense of humor about themselves. This is a performance by Eddie, and like other stand-uppers, he ties it together and repeats certain punchlines. The whole thing keeps to an astounding pace(with very few exceptions), and flies by. This is filmed and edited with skill, evident especially in the fact that you don't notice it; it doesn't draw attention to itself, and off the man. There are stereotypes in this, and it is in general quite controversial. The main focus is on relationships, women and sex, though he does talk about gay people, us whites and our inability to dance, and there is a brief bit of bodily function jokes. There is a constant stream of strong language in this. I recommend this to any fan of the comic the way I would a hot meal to someone hungry. 8/10

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

Eddie Murphy at his height

This opens with a young Eddie Murphy shocking his family during the Thanksgiving gather in 68. It's his standup in Madison Square Garden. He's afraid of Mr. T but not so much Michael Jackson after making fun of them in Delirious. He imitates Bill Crosby chastising him and praises his hero Richard Pryor. It's a night of foul-mouthed nasty stories with references to various pop culture personalities. He and his purple outfit has the audience in the palm of his hands. This is Eddie Murphy at his highest point. He is irreverent and fearless. He comes off as a homophobic misogynist and it doesn't matter. He takes on anything and anyone. He's full of power and energy. Robert Townsend captures it all.

Reviewed by Hey_Sweden 6 / 10

You wanted it raw, you got it raw.

"Eddie Murphy Raw" is a so-so comedy concert film, directed with verve by Robert Townsend, in which we first get a fictionalized look into the Murphy Household and see his comedy leanings begin to take hold.

Just personally speaking, this viewer didn't find Murphy's material all that funny - at first. It's true that, after a while, sexist slurs on Murphy's part mitigate against the fun. But two things are abundantly clear: Murphy really knew how to work a room, and he never fills ill at ease as he reaches into his grab bag of material. Murphy clearly delighted in working "blue", and he has a lot to say about supposed female monogamy, so his gags do have that appealing "dangerous" quality to them.

Eddie is actually at his best when he gives his impressions of opposing comics and mentors Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor, the latter whom he dearly idolized. He also has a great old time playfully skewering the Italian-American stereotype, a character who really seemed to thrive in the wake of the "Rocky" movies.

The movie does sort of fade in the stretch, as Murphy basically goes over well-trod territory, complete with his usual abandonment. While this viewer personally may have never have laughed truly heartily, he respects the talent and confidence of a character like Murphy, a man who knows how to push audience buttons with glee - and yet, in the end, make a case for ones' mom when the chips are down.

Samuel L. Jackson has a telling, pre-stardom role during that early skit.

Six out of 10.

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