Look, we can waste time wondering where things went wrong with Eddie Murphy’s career, but those reasons were already quite obvious within my review of Imagine That. In the few years since, Murphy has (unsurprisingly) failed to reclaim his former comedy stature. So we’ll just acknowledge the fact that, lately, he’s been coasting on Shrek movies (four of them) and their associated straight-to-DVD specials. After that, let’s take a quick glance at his very worst movies ever; and believe me, there are plenty to choose from.
Luckily for all of you rabid Bowfinger fans, that particular crappy movie doesn’t make this list. Why? Because Eddie Murphy’s collective filmmaking is just that bad that it makes Bowfinger look like Goodfellas.
Let’s do this.
Vampire In Brooklyn: Sure it was a horror comedy — the main problem, of course, was that it was neither scary nor funny.
The Adventures of Pluto Nash: A case of mafia-directed arson of a moon nightclub. Never mind that there’s no oxygen on the moon — at least it had Randy Quaid as a sex-crazed robot. Oh wait.
Harlem Nights: Sure, it’s got a shitload of profanity and a great cast of comedians. So why wasn’t it better?
The Distinguished Gentleman: From con man to Congressman? High concept, low execution.
Holy Man: Presumably, this was meant to be a gentle, feel-good comedy. Murphy was truly out of his element.
I Spy: I spied Owen Wilson on a downward career trajectory!
Showtime: Yet another crappy Robert De Niro movie.
Shrek Forever After: Thank goodness it’s finally over. Murphy’s made so much money playing a jackass that it’s shameful.
Daddy Day Care: Do I really have to justify this one?
Imagine That: The scene where Murphy pours rotten, curdled milk into his cereal? It’s a lot like that.
Norbit: Funny how this movie made me appreciate Tyler Perry’s version of a black man wearing a fat suit in drag.
Doctor Dolittle: Even the animals looked embarrassed to be involved in this affair.
And a little unexpected bonus number for you…
Beverly Hills Cop III: Axel Foley no longer a wiseass? Get outta here.
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