Beverly Hills Cop
Directed by Martin Brest
I would have never thought an Eddie Murphy comedy would find its way into the Book, but somehow it managed to weasel its way in. I haven't seen a whole lot of Murphy comedies, but I have seen enough trailers that the idea of watching anything he touched in the 21st century horrifies me. This was actually quite good, proving once again that this decade had some amazing comedies.
Axel Foley is a Detroit cop who doesn't play by the rules. I know, let's all roll our eyes at this cliche. Hey, it was still a relatively new concept in 1984...right? Axel is visited by a childhood friend Mickey who somehow got a hold of valuable bearer bonds. Mickey and Axel go out for a drink and they return to find mysterious men in Axel's apartment. Axel is knocked out and Mickey is murdered. Axel travels to Beverly Hills (where Mickey was living) to investigate his friend's death. Of course, this is out of Axel's jurisdiction but he just can't stop breaking rules, the lovable nut.
Probably one of the most memorable things about this film is its main instrumental theme, which is rather unusual for a comedy movie. Of course, it is catchy as hell so there is no surprise there. The film itself is actually really entertaining. This role was perfect for Eddie Murphy; he is charismatic and dare I say, sexy? I also learned how to stall someone's car if necessary, although it is doubtful that I would have fruits and vegetables on hand in an emergency.
Sylvester Stallone reportedly dropped out of filming because of disagreements over what kind of orange juice he should be provided in his trailer.