Dolemite is my Name

Edmonton Sun - - SHOWBIZ - Dolemite is My Name opens in se­lect the­atres to­day and is avail­able on Net­flix Oct. 25

Within the first few mo­ments of Dolemite is My Name, we’re taught how to watch it.

in this raunchy, rib­ald, ex­pan­sive and for­giv­ing ode to moviemak­ing and self-cre­ation,

Eddie Mur­phy plays the tit­u­lar co­me­dian with the kind of all­out com­mit­ment and panache that made him not just a suc­cess­ful co­me­dian, but a huge movie star 30 years ago.

He’s back, baby, in a per­for­mance so big and so gen­er­ous that it vir­tu­ally busts through the screen.

in that open­ing scene, a Los an­ge­les record store man­ager named rudy ray Moore (played by Mur­phy) is try­ing to per­suade the in-house dj (played with hi­lar­i­ous dead­pan by Snoop dogg) to spin an r&b record­ing he made back in the day; fast-talk­ing, al­ways-jiv­ing, never-not-hus­tling, Moore is an as­pir­ing en­ter­tainer whose eye is on the main chance, whether it’s in pop mu­sic or stand-up com­edy.

it’s that brazen com­bi­na­tion of brag­gado­cio and delu­sion that pow­ers Dolemite is My

Name, which chron­i­cles Moore’s trans­for­ma­tion into the ti­tle char­ac­ter, a foul­mouthed dandy who seems to have sprung, fully formed, from a vaude­ville trunk by way of a Fri­day night rent party.

Filthy and af­fec­tion­ate, low­down and fizzily high­spir­ited, Dolemite is My Name pays homage to the busi­ness of show at its most dis­rep­utable and delectably en­ter­tain­ing. run­ning time: 1 hour, 58 mins.

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