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Beverly Hills Cop

Published January 22, 2022

Beverly Hills Cop

Film info

  • Title Beverly Hills Cop
  • Director Martin Brest
  • Year 1984
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Crime, Action, Comedy
  • Tagline The heat is on!

The heat is on in this fast paced action-comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street smart Detroit cop tracking down his best friend's killer in Beverly Hills. Axel quickly learns that his wild style doesn't fit in with the Beverly Hills Police Department, which assigns two officers to make sure things don't get out of hand. Dragging the stuffy detectives along for the ride. Axel smashes through a huge culture clash in this hilarious, high-speed persuit of justice.

Live blog

Time Comment
5:41 Don’t think I’ve seen a car chase with a two-part lorry before.
8:48 “I’m not saying you did anything wrong, but if you had busted these guys it would have been better.”
17:55 Aw, I liked the friend. Boo.
19:29 I’ve heard Beverly Hills is nice this time of year.
24:41 “What it’s pertaining?”
29:41 It takes five people to ‘escort’ someone to the door?
36:49 “Oh no, in Beverly Hills we just take whichever car is closest.”
41:04 How does bananas up an exhaust stop the car?
52:50 Billy is adorable.
1:00:59 There’s just a random DeLorean parked outside Maitland’s house. Love!
1:09:55 “I’d like to see you in YOUR office.” Never a good request.
1:15:28 “Let me get my keys and we’ll argue on the way.” Love Jenny too.
1:20:07 Oh my god, Rosewood being useless in the car is so good.
1:29:35 Shots fired! And then some.
1:40:19 Stealing from the hotel is part of the vacation.

Thoughts

I thought this was going to be a more outlandish comedy, the farcical style of Police Academy or similar, but actually it was much more serious than that, and a lot better for it. The comedy was there but it was about the characters bouncing off each other whilst a genuinely difficult crime was being investigataed. Eddie Murphy was great, obviously, but his star power has to reflect off those around him and they all did a fab job. I genuinely fell in love with Reinhold’s Billy.

Great movie, and now I want to see if the second one can live up to the promise of the first.

Rating: 4 / 5

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