The Adventures of Pluto Nash

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The Adventures of Pluto Nash
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The time Eddie Murphy went to Pluto and he's named like this.
Genre: Science Fiction
Directed By: Ron Underwood
Written By: Neil Cutbert
Starring: Eddie Murphy
Randy Quaid
Rosario Dawson
Joe Pantoliano
Jay Mohr
Luis Guzman
James Rebhorn
Peter Boyle
Pam Grier
John Cleese
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Castle Rock Entertainment (Warner Bros.)
Release Date: August 16, 2002
Runtime: 95 minutes
Country: United States

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction action comedy film directed by Ron Underwood (the director of Tremors and City Slickers) and starring Eddie Murphy (in a dual role), Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Luis Guzman, James Rebhorn, Peter Boyle, Pam Grier and John Cleese.

The film is known to be one of the biggest box office bombs of all time (only making $7.1 million of its $100 million budget) as well as being nearly universally panned by critics and moviegoers alike. This film is widely considered to be one of or arguably Eddie Murphy's worst movie that he ever starred in, and one of the worst movies of 2002.

Why It Sucks

  1. The plot is dull, especially for something built around the seedy underworld in the future on the moon.
  2. The jokes tend to focus on robot sex humor (such as the robotic maid constantly bending over to show her crotch & the android not wanting to get a euphemism for a penis length) or "space" jokes (as in things are different because its space).
  3. Pluto is supposed to be a successful nightclub owner, but the opening scene doesn't give that much credibility.
  4. The acting is horrid, even from acclaimed actors like Eddie Murphy and John Cleese. While other actors sound like they could nail it in their sleep (as the Nostalgia Critic described), Rosario Dawson seems to be the only one trying.
  5. A key part that was heavily advertised in promotion of the film was the characters trying to get disguises where they are transformed (with CGI) into hypothetical designs. Only two are used (bodybuilders & tribesmen) and both are visually unpleasant.
  6. Plot progression is weak. A scene where the characters crash and runs out of oxygen is immediately solved by a passing space turnip truck.
  7. How the mobsters cloned Rex from Pluto's appendix is very confusing. Consequently, when Pluto and Rex fought, it was very difficult to tell who was who, especially when they're wearing the exact same suit!
  8. The reasoning for Rex is even more confounding than how he was created in the first place, as the mobsters wanted to kill Pluto and replace him with a person who looked, sounded, acted and dressed exactly like Pluto but was favorable to the mafia. Usually in fiction, the mafia would kill the owner, buy the property in liquidation, and put an associate in charge.
  9. Star Eddie Murphy hated the film to the point he refused to promote the film (which some say killed the film even more), while Alec Baldwin hated the film so much that he went uncredited.
  10. Due to this film's failure, Ron Underwood hasn't directed another theatrical film and shifted to doing only television.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The universe has a bit of a Blade Runner feel to it.
  2. In the film's climax, it was amusing to watch Pluto throw Rex out of a window to his death.


  • Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry were the first and second choices for the role of Dina, but both passed on the part. Berry declined because the filming schedule clashed with her wedding.
  • Alec Baldwin hated this film and wanted to be uncredited, while Eddie Murphy refused to promote this film (mentioned earlier in last WIS reason).
  • Pluto Nash is seen handing out dollars that have Hillary Clinton's face on them (which are called Hillarys), which implies that Clinton became president, and Donald Trump's name appears on a billboard relating to his real-estate business.

The Robot Chicken Skit

You heard that right, they even made a skit out of this film.


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