Trading Places

35th Anniversary Edition              review by Bobby Blakey

For years there was no one as big at the box office as Eddie Murphy. He has so many classic films in his filmography that everyone has their favorites. In 1983 he teamed up with director John Landis and comedy legend Dan Aykroyd for the hit comedy Trading Places and now it is getting an all-new special edition release to celebrate its 35th anniversary, but how well does the film hold up all these years later?


Trading Places follows a small-time con artist who switches roles with a big-time stock market maven as part of an idle bet between two mega-rich brothers, but when the truth comes out, the consequences are pure comedy gold. Despite the obvious dated look to the clothes and styles everything about this movie still works. This is a hilarious movie that offers up some great laugh out loud moments along with a fun story that sticks it to the man. Even today elements of the film are relevant and probably would resonate just as much outside of the comedy of it all. Murphy is at his prime here and showcases why he became a mega star.


Dan Aykroyd is another iconic comedic star that I never felt he got his full credit and leading mean status outside of films like Doctor Detroit. (which I love) He much like his usual films he shares the spotlight with Murphy and they work great together, but it’s the scenes between him and Curtis that work the best for me. They have great chemistry together and she shines on screen throughout. Revisiting these classics not only make me smile and relive the first time I saw, but also what real comedy looks like with these iconic stars.


This new release not only features the classic comedy, but also bonus content including commentary, trivia pop-ups, deleted scene and featurettes that take you behind bringing this comedy to life. Grab your copy of the Trading Places: 35th Anniversary Edition when it hits Blu-ray on June 12th from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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