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Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite is my Name (2019)

Eddie is back in hard R rated territory finally after decades of pg-13 maximum. I guess he was being a good dad and not making filth flarn, flarn filth in those years.

Though I didn't laugh but a half handful of times (and the chuckles were minor), this was a well made movie on a technical level. I suppose because this was a "crafted" film, and not a knee slapper - it most likely is the reason why Eddie isn't nearly as funny as he can be. The thing about Murphy, especially in later years of his career, is that it isn't what he says that makes him funny as hell, it's the look in his eyes and the sound of his voice when he fever pitches his manic delivery. We catch a glimpse or two of this in Dolemite, but not much more because the story is hard at work here, which is commendable.

I'm not sure I'd see this film again because, though decent and heartfelt, it does drag a bit with the mechanics of allowing Rudy's story to unfold, and the comic potential suffers for it, but, I am glad that this film has all the esteem behind it because that means Murphy has finally broken his bad track record, and will hopefully be back to make us bust up again really soon.