Guillaume de Sade Reviews: Moving (1988)
Stir Crazy…Bustin’ Loose…Brewster’s Millions…Silver Streak…Hear No Evil, See No Evil…Harlem Nights…any of his stand up comedy movies…any one of these might come to mind when you think of a Richard Pryor movie. My personal favorite, however, is Moving. Pryor plays a man who loses his job and his only job offer comes with one condition: He must move from New Jersey to Boise, Idaho.
This is one of those movies that crosses the line from awful to awesome and never looks back! This was far from his best work and definitely done for a paycheck, but sometimes that’s what it takes. This film crosses Chevy Chase’s Funny Farm with Micheal Douglas’ Falling Down, only done years before.
Allow me to go off on a short tangent here and discuss Eddie Murphy. Eddie Murphy gained fame and super-stardom starting with a stint on SNL and then his comedy special “Delirious”. From there he was on fire and could do no wrong…until he started doing wrong. From there he retreated from the spotlight for a while and when he came back he came back as a softer, more family friendly actor. He has stated often that Richard Pryor was one of his main influences when it came to comedy. He wrote a part in Harlem Nights specifically for him.
Richard was at this family friendly part of his career when this movie was made. Four years prior (no pun intended), he even tried his hand at a children’s show on CBS, called “Pryor’s Place”. Yes…the same Richard Pryor who named one comedy album “That Nigger’s Crazy” and another “Bicentennial Nigger” had a children’s show with puppets done by Sid and Marty Kroft!! But I digress…
Back to the movie. Alan Metter directed a handful of feature films, but nothing that really rates a mention in this review. They were all about the relative same caliber as “Moving” which isn’t saying an awful lot.
Writer Andy Breckman on the other hand has written a few other movies, but had much greater success in television, specifically as the co-creator and executive producer of “Monk”.
In addition to Richard Pryor, this film boasts Randy Quaid as the annoying neighbor, Dana Carvey in a role that I actually found him funny and King Kong Bundy as a mover. There were also a couple of notable cameos by Morris “motherfucking” Day and Rodney Dangerfield. Last but not least is ridiculously hot and apparently non-aging Stacey Dash. I mean damn! Stacey Dash goddamn it!!
She’s so ho I don’t mind looking at her with her clothes on!
So all in all this movie really amounts to nothing more than a guilty pleasure, but a highly recommended guilty pleasure.
-Guillaume de Sade