Boomerang

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Released 1992

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Director:
Reginald Hudlin
Released:
1992
Rating:
R

Boomerang turns the tables on the usual romantic comedy conventions when a ladies' man gets a taste of his own medicine. New York advertising executive Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy) knows all the tricks for loving and leaving the beautiful women. He makes a sport of scoring his conquests with best friends Gerald (David Alan Grier) and Tyler (Martin Lawrence). Then gorgeous Jacqueline (Robin Givens) takes over his advertising firm. Marcus seduces her, or thinks he does, until the player gets played. She coldly tosses him out the next morning and Marcus falls apart. His work suffers. He loses interest in other women. He even makes pathetic attempts to woo Jacqueline, while her assistant Angela (Halle Berry) tries to soothe his aching heart. Director Reginald Hudlin (House Party) delivers a funny and raunchy twist on the "scorned woman" theme, with an impressive cast of supporting players including Chris Rock, Eartha Kitt and Grace Jones.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The real surprise of the movie is Eddie Murphy, who finds his character and stays with him.

  • 50

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The funniest parts of this uneven, ostentatiously upscale comedy are those that find Mr. Murphy's Marcus adopting the behavior of a sexually insecure woman.

  • 40

    Variety

    The film might have worked if the thoroughly selfish characters were striving after something.

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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    African-American Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance