Summer of ‘83: TRADING PLACES

Director John Landis
Year 1983
Starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis
Rating R
Run Time 116min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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The Duke brothers are dicks.

They make a bet of the “usual amount” and agree to conduct an experiment of nature versus nurture by switching the lives of two people at opposite sides of the social hierarchy and observing the results.

Dan Aykroyd’s snobbish investor lifestyle gets screwed, while streetwise hustling Eddie Murphy gets to live the good life...until the bet is over and order is to be restored. But when the two guinea pigs hear they were the subject of some old guys’ stupid bet, they enlist the help of their butler (the always great Denholm Elliott) and a smoking hot prostitute with a heart of gold (Jamie Lee Curtis...seriously 1983 was a good year to be a prostitute *see RISKY BUSINESS) to help them not only get their lives back...but get even.

This satirical comedy by John Landis is great, but it’s elevated to legendary event status by the knock-you-down-with-greatness performances of Murphy and Ayroyd. They don’t just play characters—they ARE them, and you see them thinking as those characters, which makes the whole film play out all the more gratifyingly. Real life Statler and Waldorf muppets (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) fill out the supporting cast that was heralded with a BAFTA win to Curtis for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

Plop down on a cart and start begging for change from racist old white men because you won’t want to miss TRADING PLACES. (Greg MacLennan)

Screening in 35mm: Sat. June 22nd, Sun. June 23rd & Wed. June 26th at Ritz

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