Boomerang (1992) – #tbt Theater

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BOOMERANG (1992)

Every Thursday we feature a classic movie [or amazing clips from them] from back in the day for you to watch at work, on the way to work, on the way home from work or on your day off to watch and share.

Today’s feature takes you back to 1992 with a cast of giants and those who would become giants.

I love it as a ‘buddy film’. The ball-busting, the real love that Murphy and his best friends have for each, each character distinctly different with their own neurotic traits that make them funny.

The film stars Eddie Murphy as Marcus Graham, a hotshot advertising executive who also happens to be an insatiable womanizer and male chauvinist. When he meets his new boss, Jacqueline Broyer (Robin Givens), Marcus discovers that she is essentially a female version of himself and realizes he is receiving the same treatment that he gave to other women, hence, ‘Boomerang’.

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The movie features a cast that never ends including: a very young Chris Rock, there’s a very young Martin Lawrence who plays a neurotic angry brutha, David Alan Grier who’s the very sensitive guy. Before she became a star on Martin, there’s a hilarious Tisha Campbell who plays the psychotic jilted (either imagined or maybe they hooked up, hard to tell LOL) neighbor or Murphy. Eartha Kitt is Lady Eloise, Grace Jones has a small part that steals the show in a restaurant scene and the late great John Witherspoon’s scene is so funny that I had pains in my side from laughing so hard when I went to go see it opening weekend back in June 1992. “Ya gots to co-ordinate”. There are so many scenes that are just so out there, so funny, Grace Jones in the meeting where she comes up with names for her fragrance, the reactions in that meeting including the wild, eclectic Geoffrey Holder (Nelson) is priceless.

The score was all ‘new jack’ reflecting the sound of the era for sure. With all that sound, the movie feels like In Living Colour’s theme song is playing. The soundtrack to the movie was top notch. The world was introduced to Toni Braxton through it.

The movie was budgeted at 42 million dollars and did over 131 million at the box office.

One of Eddie Murphy’s most underrated movies for sure. His character is unlike any other he’s played.

This is one of my 5 favorite comedies ever. From all the little muttered one-liners, the undertones, the unsaid jokes, the visuals, the implied humor throughout, the zingers, there’s never a dull moment and whether it was the writing or the improv, the dialog in some of these scenes is right up there with some of the funniest stuff to ever be captured on film.

Sal Amato


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