Paramount Pictures | Release Date: June 8, 1983
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Universal acclaim based on 73 Ratings
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PatC.Jun 14, 2007
The ease in which the hilarity oozes from this movie obscures its greater achievement, which is the deft way it presents its plot. It takes a broad spectrum of characters and plays them off each other in a merciless mix of outrageousness and The ease in which the hilarity oozes from this movie obscures its greater achievement, which is the deft way it presents its plot. It takes a broad spectrum of characters and plays them off each other in a merciless mix of outrageousness and serious restriant. This is textbook on how to tell a story. Top drawer comedy. Expand
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FranzHcriticApr 29, 2015
I enjoyed it throughout. The two leads, (Eddie Murphy the standout), make good chemistry as scientific experiments at the whims of two conniving billionaires. The writing flows and the film never ceases to be mundane or bland like manyI enjoyed it throughout. The two leads, (Eddie Murphy the standout), make good chemistry as scientific experiments at the whims of two conniving billionaires. The writing flows and the film never ceases to be mundane or bland like many comedies I know. Where has Eddie Murphy gone now? And Dan Akroyd. They were so talented, and this is a prime example of it. Expand
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WillSep 2, 2011
Many of the jokes fail and those that are funny are played out far too long. Nothing is done to make the "wrongfully accused" cliche more believable. There are a couple great scenes, and Aykroyd and Murphy both try hard, but their charactersMany of the jokes fail and those that are funny are played out far too long. Nothing is done to make the "wrongfully accused" cliche more believable. There are a couple great scenes, and Aykroyd and Murphy both try hard, but their characters almost never interact with each other. Wasted potential. Expand
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TrilobiteGDec 4, 2015
A serviceable comedy about morals and social standards which doesn't give away any exhausting laughter but a few admirable chuckles. It's good intentions still are dragged down by it's slow pace and a slight tinge of unsatisfying character arcs.
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MovieGuysMay 20, 2014
Trading Places is a very successful comedy as well as a very successful drama rolled into one. The comparison between rich and poor and the way the movie portrays it is well-executed. Some moments feel a bit manufactured and manipulative,Trading Places is a very successful comedy as well as a very successful drama rolled into one. The comparison between rich and poor and the way the movie portrays it is well-executed. Some moments feel a bit manufactured and manipulative, possibly even overwrought, but the pros outweigh the cons here. It is just high entertainment of the first degree, with great performances from Akroyd and Murphy and smooth transitions in the story. Expand
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SpangleJul 2, 2013
This comedy succeeds where most comedies fail; it has a plot while also providing laughs. Its sole purpose was to not just provide cheap laughs, but to also tell a story. Murphy and Aykroyd were both good in their roles and overall, I enjoyedThis comedy succeeds where most comedies fail; it has a plot while also providing laughs. Its sole purpose was to not just provide cheap laughs, but to also tell a story. Murphy and Aykroyd were both good in their roles and overall, I enjoyed this movie a lot. Expand
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DuckNationMay 25, 2014
Trading Places is such a great movie i dont see how this is not rated higher here on listal. Its really one of the only watchable Wall Street movies as most of them are rather boring but this with its different take on it and making it aTrading Places is such a great movie i dont see how this is not rated higher here on listal. Its really one of the only watchable Wall Street movies as most of them are rather boring but this with its different take on it and making it a comedy was a nice change and it pays off. Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy play off each other very well and their comedy was pure gold like when Aykroyd is on the train dressed as Santa eating the fish drunk as hell and Murphy when throwing away all the drugs and talking bad about them ends up taking a joint and smoking it later those two parts are just a few of many great moments in the movie. Jamie Lee Curtis as a hooker was funny and she did have a pretty great body back then also Paul Gleason again does a great job being a big A-hole he is like that in all his movies he is just too good at it. I think the best thing about this movie is that it all comes down to frozen orange juice its just so random.

Overall i give it a 7.7 This is one of the movies i never get tired of watching its just that great of a movie
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