The Adventures of Pluto Nash
The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 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.
"Pluto Nash" is an action comedy set on the moon in the year 2087, starring Eddie Murphy as the title character, an audacious nightclub owner who finds himself in hot water when he refuses to sell his club to the local mob. The lunar gangsters are helping the mysterious Rex Crater mastermind a plan to take over the moon.
Why It Sucks
- The plot is dull, especially for something built around the seedy underworld in the future on the moon.
- 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).
- Pluto is supposed to be a successful nightclub owner, but the opening scene doesn't give that much credibility.
- 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.
- A key part that was heavily advertised in the 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.
- Plot progression is weak. A scene where the characters crash and run out of oxygen is immediately solved by a passing space turnip truck.
- 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!
- 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 were favorable to the mafia. Usually, in fiction, the mafia would kill the owner, buy the property in liquidation, and put an associate in charge.
- 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.
- The universe has a bit of a Blade Runner feel to it.
- In the film's climax, it was amusing to watch Pluto throw Rex out of a window to his death.
- Rosario Dawson was the only actor that seemed to have tried when it came to her performance.
- 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.
- Due to this film's failure, Ron Underwood hasn't directed another theatrical film and shifted to doing only television.
- Robot Chicken eventually made a skit out of this film.