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Trading Places Review

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  • 80

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    Trading Places is a light romp geared up by the schtick shifted by Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.

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  • 80

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    Time Richard Schickel

    [Murphy] makes Trading Places something more than a good-hearted comedy. He turns it into an event.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    But what's most visible in the movie is the engaging acting. Murphy and Aykroyd are perfect foils for each other.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Edgy, bawdy '80s comedy not meant for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is too bawdy for children under 17 as it has explicit female nudity, coarse language, and visualizations/discussions of hard-core drugs (including PCP, cocaine, Quaaludes). Besides profanity, there are racist remarks. The mature content depicts stereotypes of social classes and different races. Avarice drives many of the characters, yet the film does a good job showing the ill effects of greed.

  • Families can talk about the overall message of the film: nature versus nurture. What does this film say about the role of money on social behavior? Are people who are born with money more or less likely to commit crimes? How about poor people?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Showing no remorse for their actions, two characters drastically alter the lives of two complete strangers for their own personal amusement. Many characters are greedy and selfish and indulge in drugs and alcohol. The film also elevates prostitution as an acceptable means of earning a living.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false5

    Sex: Several scenes of topless women; one of the main characters is a prostitute.

  • language false5

    Language: Packed with profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References and visualizations of several drugs; binge drinking.