VHS : Trading Places
starring: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy
directed by: John Landis
A bet between two rich geezers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) results in a privileged yuppie (Dan Aykroyd) being tossed into the streets, while a down-on-his-luck con man (Eddie Murphy) becomes a well-heeled stockbroker. Jamie Lee Curtis leaves behind her Halloween sad rags to demonstrate an ample figure and sexy personality in this John Landis comedy inspired by the go-go '80s on Wall Street.
Fine cast breathes life into time-worn comedy premise (remember those Three Stooges shorts?) testing heredity vs. environment by switching a ``have'' (preppie Aykroyd) and a ``have-not'' (street hustler Murphy). Murphy, in his second film, is a comic powerhouse, and makes up for director Landis' indulgences. more info...
--Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide