|This is one of my favorite all time movie shots. It's only fifteen seconds long, but it's just so damn cool.|
The tagline for this reads, " A player who's about to be played.", and that's absolutely true. Eddie Murphy's (48 Hours) character Marcus Graham, is an "all the right moves" advertising executive for a cosmetics company in NYC, who woos the ladies and loses interest after sealing the deal. Why doesn't anybody ever talk about this movie?! I saw this multiple times in the theaters back in 1992, and I thoroughly love it. There's barely a thing wrong with it, and it still makes me laugh to this day. Boomerang has a similar vibe to director Reginald Hudlin's first film House Party (1990), in which he uses the same handful of actors and composer.
The original score and soundtrack songs from P.M. Dawn, Boyz II Men, and more, beautifully sets the mood for the film's energetic pulse. Until around the final twenty minutes, the scenes bounce effortlessly between moments of friendship, workplace drama, and dating schemes, delivered with hilarity. There's also a slight dose of racism that gets dealt with, to remind us all that even in the successful black world, it still exists.
Murphy's at the top of his game here and his cast mates compliment his every move. When he gets the tables turned on him by his gorgeous new boss (Robin Givens, Head of the Class), Murphy makes you sympathize with him even though we know he deserves all that he's getting. The power shift in this is fun to see, especially when Eartha Kitt (The Emperor's New Groove) uses Murphy as a boy toy.
At first, we see Murphy's insecure player fodder like Lela Rochon (Harlem Nights) and Tisha Campbell (House Party), before we see him out of his element with strong women like Givens and Halle Berry (The Last Boy Scout) who balance the scales. His two best friends are like his devil & angel shoulder buddies. Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys) and the underrated David Alan Grier (In Living Color), give Murphy the extreme opposites of dog & nice guy etiquette advice. Berry and Givens are also opposites, but at the same end of the spectrum.
Berry is artistic with a good heart, and Givens is a relentless go-getter. Everybody's dynamic works very well, however there's three larger than life characters that fling Boomerang into classic comedy status; John Witherspoon (Friday), Grace Jones (Conan the Destroyer), and Geoffrey Holder (The Wiz), are so goddamn funny and outrageous, that I had to pause the movie at times because I was laughing so hard! Over two decades later, that says a lot.
Highs- Stylish outfit designs, Holder's commercials, Jones' kitty cat dinner talk, Witherspoon "coordinates" and "bang bangs", Murphy's toe test, Lawrence's racism theories, workout tension, sleepover at Lavender Hill, and Berry's & Grier's bilingual dating chemistry.
Lows- Berry's & Murphy's inevitable hookup starts off good (after some late night Star Trek banter), but then gets quickly rushed into a big relationship that probably should have never been. Personally I think that with some fine tuning, Murphy and Givens seemed like a better fit.
To this day, Boomerang is still a hilarious film that's cool and pleasing, and it's comedic influence still has me quoting lines from it. Even Chris Rock (New Jack City) doesn't over stay his welcome in a few short scenes. Now this movie will resonate more with 90's fans than the millenials or Smokey Robinson crowd, yet it's great to see Eddie Murphy at a time before his films turned into a cheap joke. Check out this movie and send me some feedback.
Rating- 8 out of 10
R | 1h 57min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 July 1992 (USA)
A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is.
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Writers: Eddie Murphy (story), Barry W. Blaustein (screenplay)
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry