The Adventures of Pluto Nash

"Bad"

The Adventures of Pluto Nash Review


The year is 2080 and not a damn thing has changed - wannabes still roam the universe looking for a gig, clubs still try to make a small budget look like a big one, and most movies still suck... this one in particular.

Eddie Murphy is, you guessed it, Pluto Nash... present club owner and former smuggler extraordinaire. As it starts, Pluto has been out of prison a week, already saving the lives of Polish accordion players in kilts, negotiating bookies into lending him millions of dollars, and turning the worst bar on the moon into the satellite's hottest nightclub. Cut to seven years later and Pluto's club is hot, the jokes aren't, and a charming wannabe singer comes into the club looking for work, about five minutes before it gets blown up, leaving only Pluto, the singer, and an antiquated security robot named Bruno (Randy Quaid).

Can't old Eddie go back to playing a mouthy mule?

The rest of the movie is spent wandering about the moon in zero-G character development as Pluto tries to figure out how to get in touch with the mysterious Rex Crater, moon mobster extraordinaire who blew up Pluto's place.

Pluto Nash is perhaps one of the most boring comedies I've ever seen, with the possible exception of some of the later work of Pauly Shore. Its jokes are tired, its advertisement-oversaturated look went out a little after Blade Runner, and its characters are so uninteresting you wish someone would hurry up and kill them. If you ever laugh from this movie, it'll be at something you saw in the previews.

But movies like that don't automatically warrant the especially low marks Pluto Nash deserves. Whereas your average comedy might not make you laugh, it might at least make you smirk a few times and might not make you wish to hurl foodstuffs at the screen. Pluto Nash annoyed me. Every single twist in Pluto Nash has been done a million times before, and some of its jokes get so old, so fast, you want to guzzle your Pepsi for an excuse to leave the theatre for a minute or two. But far worse than dumb jokes are dumb running jokes, like a horny robot's simultaneous lusting after other electronics and quasi-homoerotic love for his boss, plus the absolutely annoying tendency of every character in the movie to start out by asking if Eddie Murphy is the Pluto Nash.

From the lunar highway-construction man gag at the beginning to the AC/DC joke at the end, The Adventures of Pluto Nash is, simply, very stupid and annoying. Let's just hope the future turns out a little different.

In space... ahh, skip it.



The Adventures of Pluto Nash

Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Friday 16th August 2002

Box Office USA: $4.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $7.1M

Budget: $100M

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Production compaines: Castle Rock Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 5%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 83

IMDB: 3.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Ron Underwood

Producer: Louis A. Stoller, , ,

Starring: as Pluto Nash, as Bruno, as Dina Lake, as Mogan, as Tony Francis, as Felix Laranga, as Rowland, as Gino, as Flura Nash, as James, as Dr. Mona Zimmer, Alex Sol as Tommy

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective...

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Based on a true story, it's the historical aspect of these events that holds the...

Chips Movie Review

Chips Movie Review

It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the...

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to...

The Salesman Movie Review

The Salesman Movie Review

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar with this astute drama which, like 2011's...

Get Out Movie Review

Get Out Movie Review

Leave it to a comedian to make one of the scariest movies in recent memory....

Personal Shopper Movie Review

Personal Shopper Movie Review

After winning a series of major awards for her role in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of...

Advertisement
Certain Women Movie Review

Certain Women Movie Review

In films like Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, writer-director Kelly Reichardt has told sharply...

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

After the success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, the Warner Bros monsters get their own franchise,...

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Filmmaker Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham) draws on her own family history to explore...

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

With an extra dose of attitude and energy, this Irish comedy-drama hits us like a...

Logan Movie Review

Logan Movie Review

Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role one last time (so he says), reuniting with...

Patriots Day Movie Review

Patriots Day Movie Review

The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed...

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

It's no surprise that this creep-out horror thriller is packed with whizzy visual invention, since...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.