U.S., 2019, 118 min, 35mm, Dir. Craig Brewer, Rated R, Netflix
“Filthy and affectionate, lowdown and fizzily high-spirited, Dolemite Is My Name pays homage to the business of show at its most disreputable and delectably entertaining.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
Academy Award-nominee Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon. At once a tale of the American Dream as well as a raunchy comedy, Dolemite Is My Name sees Murphy return to form after years away from the camera, giving one of, if not the, best performances of his career. Murphy imbues his Moore with an earnestness and dogged determination that will make just about anyone cheer for him. He’s joined by a gallery of fellow dreamers that includes Keegan-Michael Key, Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and breakout actress Da’Vine Joy Randolph. Dolemite Is My Name is heartfelt, funny, and the perfect blend of lowbrow with highbrow.
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