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  • Summary: Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy), a street con man and Louis Winthorpe III, a commodities broker (Aykroyd) agree to trade places after monied Mortimer Duke (Ameche) bets Billy Ray could pull in more money than Louis could on the streets.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    It's easily the best of the movies I've seen by the various "Saturday Night Live" alumni, and part of the reason it's funny and satisfying is that it doesn't strain. [09 Jun 1983]
  2. 88
    But what's most visible in the movie is the engaging acting. Murphy and Aykroyd are perfect foils for each other.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    Trading Places is a light romp geared up by the schtick shifted by Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    Saturday Night Live activist Murphy, capitalising on the promise he showed in "48 Hrs.," steals the show as the quick-witted Billy Ray Valentine in what is certainly more mainstream fare than the earlier SNL staffed capers.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Fraser
    75
    Trading Places, which is wildly funny at times, is Murphy's film. [10 Jun 1983]
  6. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    75
    Although it tends to rely heavily on slapstick in the second half, the movie provides plenty of laughs and is one of director Landis's best efforts.
  7. 30
    Director John Landis is so deficient in basic storytelling skills that he must spend hours explicating the most elementary plot points while and Murphy are sidelined.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. PatC.
    Jun 14, 2007
    9
    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. Collapse
  2. May 20, 2014
    8
    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
  3. Jul 2, 2013
    7
    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 enjoyed this movie a lot. Expand
  4. May 25, 2014
    7
    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 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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  5. Sep 2, 2011
    3
    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 characters almost never interact with each other. Wasted potential. Expand

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