Holy Man

Released 1999


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Stephen Herek
Holy Man is a 1999 comedy starring Eddie Murphy. Directed by Stephen Herek, the movie tells the story of G (Eddie Murphy), a motivational guru who has a tendency to show up where he is not particularly wanted. Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum) is an overworked television executive at the Good Buy shopping network. He is desperately trying to increase the channel's low ratings. Kate Newell (Kelly Preston) has recently been hired by the network's president, John McBainbridge (Robert Loggia), to aid Ricky in his efforts. One day, G, who has entered Ricky's life seemingly out of nowhere, walks in front of the shopping channel's cameras during a live recording and displays his star quality. While G is on the air, the number of people calling the channel to buy products dramatically increases. G becomes an overnight ratings sensation, and Ricky uses him to sell a number of products. The stress of working at the network begins to have a negative effect on G, and he starts to lose his warm, fun-loving personality. Will Ricky do the right thing and let G go, or will he continue to take advantage of him?moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70


    Complex issues of ambition and consumerism taken to televangelic levels aren't truly addressed or resolved but simply tied up in a box with the message that love conquers all.

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    For all the funny possibilities of Mr. Murphy's neat transformation here, the latest comedy from Stephen Herek ("Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," "The Mighty Ducks") doesn't kn...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A love story about two people with no apparent chemistry, whose lives are changed by a stranger who remains an uninteresting enigma. No wonder it just sits there on the screen.

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90s, Religion & Spirituality, Family Comedies