Guillaume de Sade Reviews: Moving (1988)


Directed by: Alan Metter
Written by: Andy Breckman

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

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6 Responses to “Guillaume de Sade Reviews: Moving (1988)”

  1. WOW…I just rewatched this after YEARS since I last saw it…he does a great job of a man slowing being broken down. Definate guilty pleasure…this and Critical Condition personally.

  2. chainsawcheerleader Says:

    Richard Pryor is great. I’ve seen a number of his movies but not this one. I’ll have to give it a shot. Eddie Murphy used to be funny but he was never any where near as awesome as Richard Pryor was. I think because of that it will be a lot harder for Murphy to step away from his family friendly movies and star in more adult oriented films. Greta review.

    • Not to disagree but (cliche, I know), Most of Pryor’s filmography isnt really quoteable and he was either drugged out his mind, sleptwalked thru the acting, or was already fighting MS thru a lot of his films.
      Eddie’s early films (pretty much the 80’s) are majority considered classics THEN he start family fair and hasnt really looked back since except for a rare occasion (i.e. Bowfinger). He did do quite a few adult films though (48 Hrs, Trading Places, Coming to America, Harlem Nights)
      My point, Pryor never aimed for family flicks too much and quite often did stuff for a paycheck while his stand up was/is WAY above anybodies else’s. Eddie has 1 classic stand up and a lot of film that are still quoted to this day.
      2 different animals…I mean Pryor kept doing stand up even when confined to a wheelchair while Eddie has no interest anymore.

      • chainsawcheerleader Says:

        I never said Pryor’s movies were better then Murphys. I think because Pryor’s stand up is so much better then Murphys people are going to be a lot more forgiving toward Pryor.

        Disagreeing is never cliche.

  3. I see your point 🙂

  4. I cannot, for a second, argue Pryor’s greatness or talent. He obviously also made better choices than Murphy, even though he made a lot of shitty movies himself. However, I have to argue Eddie Murphy’s brilliance. I think he was every bit the comedic genius that his idol Pryor was. His standup films are iconic and he’s one of the greatest actors ever in SNL history. He’s done some tremendous “adult” roles when he’s actually taken them. Bowfinger and Dreamgirls spring immediately to mind, as well as the vastly underated Life. I also have a soft spot for Harlem Nights, which featured both Murphy and Pryor. Not to mention his classic roles like 48 Hrs and Beverly Hills Cop. It’s said that Murphy has a boat load of mental problems and some sort of lingering doubt of his own talent, which has made himself stick to the safe paycheck roles of the family films. He’s always offered challenging roles that he’s show he can handle, yet always backs off because he’s seemingly afraid of failure. Eddie Murphy is probably one of the most talented comedic minds of our times, yet also, sadly, one of the biggest wastes of talent ever. If I could finace films, I’d offer the guy every role I had until he accepted something substantial.

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