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Beverly Hills Cop III
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by Charles Tatum

"The third time's the harm"
1 stars

Eddie Murphy comes back to the role that made him famous one time too many, giving us a mess of an action film.

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is back in Detroit, and about to bust an illegal chop shop. Little does he know the place has just been shot up by a bunch of machine gun toting baddies headed by DeWald (Timothy Carhart). In the ensuing melee, Foley's beloved captain is killed, and Foley traces DeWald and the clues to the Disneyland-type Wonder World in California.

Billy (Judge Reinhold) is still in Beverly Hills, and Jon (the funny Hector Elizondo) kind of replaces Billy's now retired partner Taggart from the first two films. We then follow a pretty standard case as Foley uncovers a counterfeiting operation run by DeWald and Sanderson (John Saxon). Luckily, the love interest Janice (the very lovely Theresa Randle) also works security at the park. We even find time to toss in Bronson Pinchot's return as Serge, who pops up (very unlikely) trying to sell a giant weapon. Foley keeps stepping on the toes of federal agent Fulbright (Stephen McHattie), who is trying to nail Sanderson and DeWald on his own. This leads to umpteen shootings and chases, and absolutely no laughs.

Murphy should have quit while he was ahead. "Beverly Hills Cop III" is even worse than Part II, which was pretty lousy to begin with. Director Landis never finds any kind of pacing, as the acting company moves from one shootout to the next. Hey, John, stop putting famous directors in cameos in your films, there is a reason some of them belong behind the camera! They are directors, not actors! Since Axel Foley is not really a character, Murphy could be acting in "48 HRS III," but without Nick Nolte. He grins and makes one liners through everything, but the big counterfeiting case is so boring you will not care if Foley gets the bad guys in the end (and is there any doubt about that happening?).

Harold Faltermeyer's relic theme from the 1980's is played again and again as Murphy and Reinhold try to find the old magic that is not there. The script contains way too many chances for Murphy to improv something funny, but Murphy drops the ball. Elizondo is the only one who makes any jokes funny. The villains are unmemorable, I had to take notes to tell them apart. While the film makers could have stuck it to big corporate amusement parks like Disney World, they took the safe way out.

"Beverly Hills Cop III" was released to no box office in 1994. Let's hope this franchise has been put to rest for good.

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User Comments

12/28/17 morris campbell decent best i remember 3 stars
1/24/10 Chad Dillon Cooper Three strikes, you're out !!! 1 stars
6/15/09 Andrew I actually walked out of the theatre when i was 13 to this. 1 stars
10/22/06 JM Synth Wasn't the same Axel; has it's moments though 2 stars
5/26/06 William Goss Am I allowed to have a soft spot for this? Because I do. 3 stars
5/04/06 mr.mike not good 2 stars
2/12/06 Anthony Feor Eddie Murphy should consider retirement 1 stars
7/28/05 the dude Awesome just awesome,but not as good as 1 and 2 5 stars
7/30/04 Stuart Third time lucky?....er no, no magic just shite, watch the first one 2 stars
3/25/04 Matthew Dickson I think it was absolutely brilliant and awesome 5 stars
2/09/04 Whatevr Just watch the first two, forget about this one. 1 stars
10/07/03 Charles Tatum An appropriate end to an overrated series 1 stars
10/02/03 Samuel Justus One of my favorite movies to watch, better than the the first two!!! 5 stars
8/11/03 Sam Moszynski Weakest of the series, but still fun 3 stars
3/08/03 Jack Sommersby The filmmakers are reaching, and the effort shows. 2 stars
5/18/02 Monster W. Kung Nothing but a complete disaster. 1 stars
9/02/01 Butterbean Part one ruled...Part two was even better...Part three was the worst. 2 stars
8/06/01 Joe Zappa A major, entertaining improvement over "BHC2," which was sort of a mild bash on the senses. 4 stars
8/05/01 E-Funk This is shit...if the smell of shit makes you sick, stay away from this movie. 1 stars
12/05/00 Cristopher Revilla the weakest of the series, wasn't that believable 3 stars
11/04/99 Mickey "Father Death" MacJohnstmyster Foley, get it over with and move to B' Hills,there obviously isn't enough crime in detroit. 3 stars
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