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Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

What She said:

She

Beverly Hills Cop is classic ‘80s cheese.  In fact, I’m flabbergasted that I had never actually seen it before.  I love that genre of film.  Anyway, it stars Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a reckless Detroit cop whose childhood friend was recently murdered.  The friend, Mickey, shows up in Axel’s apartment one day talking about his new life in Beverly Hills working as a security guard.  Mickey has a long criminal history, and it’s not long before two thugs show up, asking about German bearer bonds, and immediately knock Mickey off.  Axel suspects that the killers followed Mickey from California, but his boss won’t let him work the case.  Instead, Axel takes a personal vacation to Beverly Hills where he tries to get to the bottom of Mickey’s murder.

Eddie Murphy is quite funny as Axel, a wise-cracking foul mouthed fella who is also ridiculously clever and has a true cop’s eye.  In Beverly Hills, Axel raises the suspicions of the local police, who follow him around.  Specifically, he interacts a lot with Sergeant John Taggart (John Ashton) and Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold). Axel pretty much runs circles around these two guys, as he seems to understand criminals more and has a more creative approach to crime solving.  An unlikely friendship/partnership begins to develop as the Beverly Hills cops realize that maybe Axel is on to something in suspecting art dealer Victor Maitland of the murder.  Some good light-hearted action and comedy ensures.

I’ve already talked about the cheese-factor, and this movie absolutely has tons of it.  It’s great fodder from a bygone era.  There are definitely moments throughout the movie where you recognize that such a film would never float if it were a new movie released today.  It’s nice to see Eddie Murphy on his A-game, and his character is fun to watch.  He’s not the best guy ever, but he’s certainly entertaining.  I was also highly-amused by the character Billy.  He’s so dopey for a guy of his age. 

The movie pretty much plays the same ‘80s dance song over and over in the background the whole time, and if you attended any junior high dance between the years 1984 and 1996, you’ve probably heard it.  I went back and forth between enjoying it and being driven completely batty.  Again, I cannot believe I lived a sheltered enough life to have never seen this before, and I look forward to seeing the second movie.  I’m sure it won’t be as good—sequels rarely are—but if it approaches the topic with an equal amount of casualness and humor, I’ll be happy.

Thumbs up.

What he said:

He

You know, I don’t know if I have ever actually seen this entire movie. I think I have seen bits and pieces of the first two and possibly the entire third movie, but I’m not even totally sure of that. Well, while browsing through Amazon Prime’s free movies, we came across this and decided to give it a proper viewing.

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is an up-and-coming Detroit detective who has great instincts, is street-smart, but has trouble taking orders. This often draws the ire of his boss Inspector Todd (former real life cop Gilbert R. Hill). So when his childhood friend – and former criminal – Mickey turns up dead, he heads of to California to investigate the murder; against direct orders from his boss.

It turns out Mickey (James Russo) was attempting to live life on the straight and narrow path. Well his former habits got the best of him and he stole a bunch of German bearer bonds from a warehouse where he was working as a security guard. He got the job from a mutual friend named Jenny. Axel heads out to Beverly Hills to inform Jenny (Lisa Eilbacher) of the bad news, and to hopefully enlist her help. Jenny – and formerly Mickey – were both working for respected art dealer, Victor Maitland. Maitland (Steven Berkoff) is a powerful and respected member of the community. Axel suspects Maitland has something to do with Mickey’s death and decides to pay him a visit.  Maitland is quick to dismiss him, and the police are son involved.

Beverly Hills Cop

It is at this point he meets Lieutenant Bogomill (Ronny Cox), Sergeant Taggart (John Ashton), and Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold). Bogomill asks what he’s doing in LA and Axel simply says he’s on vacation. He also has Taggart and Billy to follow Axel and make sure he keeps his nose clean; though the three of them seem to find nothing but trouble.  

Beverly Hills Cop is a great example of Eddie Murphy in his prime. Axel Foley is a smart, funny, and confident character who marches to the beat of his own drum. Murphy owns this role. The stuff that comes out of his mouth is hilarious. Take the check-in scene at the hotel for example.

The movie is also loaded with a great supporting cast that helps Murphy shine. I am used to seeing Ronny Cox play the bad guy. He’s the villain in some of my favorite movies: Robocop (review here) and Total Recall (review here). But not once did I find myself saying he wasn’t suited to play the role. John Ashton just has that blue collar look to him. He looks and acts like an average Joe. Judge Reinhold – who is also known as the notorious close talker in Seinfeld – was hilarious as the dopey, but loveable Billy Rosewood. This is an excellent action-comedy that embodies your classic 80s movie. They just had this certain vibe to them that was very charming.

A couple of fun facts about this movie for ya. Breaking Bad fans will recognize a younger Mike (the hitman playing)...surprise, a henchman! Those familiar with the name cousin Balki Bartokomous will recognize Bronson Pinchot as the most hilarious assistant Serge.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on September 14, 2012