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The Freshmaker says PLUTO NASH should be blown out an airlock!!!

Hey there yogi bears, Harry here with the latest word on PLUTO NASH... A film who's trailer looks like noisy expensive dreck from the trailer... no jokes working... And upon being test screened in Pasadena tonight, The Freshmaker isn't giving it his approval rating. But this is still an early screening... 2 months away from release, but it doesn't sound good for the film. It has a cool cast, but with a script from the combined talents of NORTH, MR BASEBALL, LITTLE BIG LEAGUE and HOCUS POCUS.... well, I'm afraid that even the amazing talents of Eddie Murphy and Ron Underwood, who can make really fun genre spoofs... Well, maybe the GUZMAN can save it for me. He's a god!

In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh:

A Review of Pluto Nash

Saw this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. The year is 2087, the place- the moon, the movie- an action-comedy. The problem- lame action and almost no laughs!

In this movie, Murphy plays a popular owner of a nightclub being forced to sell out a la umpteen film noir plots. Rosario Dawson is a wannabe lounge singer who's just arrived on the moon. Randy Quaid is a Johnny-Cab like robotic sidekick. Things are good to go at the Club Pluto until Joe Pantoliano and that scary albino looking guy from End of Days show up and put on the squeeze. A wild chase all over the moon ensues with highly hackneyed action scenes- i.e. the most derivative car chase(!) you've ever seen.

Barely scoring in brief, thankless roles are Luis Guzman as Nash's greatest fan and Jay Mohr as a Frank Sinatra-esque Vegas lounge singer- (don't ask). The only truly hilarious moment is a two-minute cameo by Alec Baldwin as an over the top media-hating gangster.

Nowhere to be found is the wisecracking Eddie Murphy of Beverly Hills Cop and The Nutty Professor. This is Metro bad. It's hard to believe this movie comes from the same director who made Tremors and City Slickers.

My advice- blow Pluto Nash out of the airlock.

Call me The Freshmaker.

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  • Jan. 27, 2001, 11:25 p.m. CST

    OH god my left testicle..

    by JokersNight

    I think we will all pass..

  • Jan. 27, 2001, 11:34 p.m. CST

    No wonder Kim's getting a divorce!

    by Uncapie

    What the hell's up with Alec Baldwin? From that tripe "Thomas the Tank Engine"(That's a creepy movie even for little kids!) down to cameos. Sad.

  • Jan. 27, 2001, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I can't recall a really good sci-fi spoof since Spaceballs.

    by Howard_Roark

    Besides, everyone knows that Randy Quaid's peak performance was in The Wraith.

  • Jan. 27, 2001, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I'd like to stay up and chat more...

    by Howard_Roark

    But Ms. Francon needs me to... uh... erect something for her.

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 6:09 a.m. CST

    "Galaxy Quest" was a great sci-fi spoof!

    by Uga

    I consider that to be one of the most surprising movies of the '90s.

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Hey, Kil8er

    by Jack D. Ripper

    Mel Brook's funniest and BEST movie is The Producers. Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles are high up there, but The Producers is his best work.

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I love derivative chase sequences...

    by Pepperseed

    ...Gotta respect the crashing into the fruit-cart, the boxes, the vehicle getting stuck in an alley that's not wide enough, the reversing garbage truck blocking the road (will it move?!), the driving under an articulated trailer, which lops off the roof of the car, the chase-ers, who's vehicle is incapable of making it all the way across the gap jumped by the chase-ees, much to their annoyance, even though their attempt is always hail-hearted, and we could've told them they weren't going to make it, by dint of the fact that they were driving a badly appointed Louisiana State police cruiser. For the purposes of knowing what to expect from Pluo Nash's chase sequence, imagine all the above elements, with the prefix "space", or "Hyper". in the case of the badly appointed police cruiser, substitute "Moon" for "Louisiana State", and imagine it with "Thrusters". In accordance with the laws of derivative movie chase sequences, all persuers will be stereotypes, and there will be atleast one pedestrian who "jumps" a little too late, causing you to comment to your buddies "Hey, that dude definitely "caught" a leg there, man".

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I have a gut feeling that this may bomb worse than Harlem Nights

    by axelfoley

    As an Eddie Murphy fan through thick and thin, I can only pray that this is not true. I saw the teaser poster, and in case none of you haven't already, it features Eddie in an orange space suit with a smile, pointing his fingers and thumbs toward the camera like some pimp. Nutty Professor 2 was fucking terrible. What a let down on the franchise that made him big again. I heard rumors that he wants to make yet another Beverly Hills Cop movie. Plus, he's looking for a script that he and his friend Chris Tucker could work on together. That would rock. I want to see Eddie doing his 1980s stuff again, not remakes, but if he's good at it, let him. I just hope this movie doesn't make 5 million opening weekend, that's all.

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 10:08 a.m. CST

    On the plus side

    by JonQuixote

    The trailer for "Dr. Dolittle 2" is the most fuckin' hilarious teaser I've seen in my life...I laughed more during that 30 sec spot than I did the entire first movie, so maybe there's some hope for Eddie's next next flick!

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 11:17 a.m. CST

    You know Harry, when the article is about a test screening, we a

    by Lenny Nero

    Stop trying to defend movies early in production. (in a David Spade whisper) Believe me...we get it.

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy! The 'fuck you' man!

    by Uga

    Yes, Eddie is the single best stand-up comedian of the past 20 years, maybe ever. Maybe a "Beverly Hills Cop 4" is what he needs, but only if he abandons the action-heavy elements of the other two sequels and goes back to the tone of the first film. And yes, the "Dr. Dolittle 2" trailer was funny, but so was the "Nutty Professor 2" trailer. Hell, though, I'd like to see a "Nutty 3" as long as they actually worked on a plot, and then let Eddie go off. I liked the first idea I heard for "Nutty 2," which was a Klump family vacation.

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Pluto Nash= Battlefield Earth of 2001....

    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    Someone blow Eddie Murphy out of a airlock! This trailer looked really bad, as bad as Just Visiting! Eddie is tired! even the Dr. Doolittle 2 trailer induced major groans! Superbowl trailers= Yawn.....

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Metro had a wicked car chase!

    by Wesley Snipes

    The script sucked shit and many of the actors/actresses were annoying bitches, but the car chase was one of the best EVER. Excellent stuff. Exciting AND you can still tell what's going on at all times (unlike The Rock).

  • Jan. 29, 2001, 7:54 a.m. CST


    by TorJohnson

    "A film who's trailer looks like noisy expensive dreck from the trailer." "But this is an early screening... 2 months away from release, but it doesn't sound good for the film."

  • Jan. 29, 2001, 2:41 p.m. CST

    at least "Metro" had Michael Wincott

    by Elgyn6655321

  • Jan. 29, 2001, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Gee with such writing talent how could they ever expect anything

    by Bari Umenema

    What a piece of shit. Thanks Harry and Freshmaker for alerting me I will avoid this one like the plague. Eddie you da man! Doctor Dolittle 2 will be even worse.

  • Jan. 29, 2001, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I know maybe Eddie and Chris Tucker and Chris Rock can make "Yet

    by Bari Umenema

    That would be great! (Not.)