Dolemite Is My Name

As its title character might put it, 'Dolemite Is My Name' is a total motherf-kin' blast...it tells a tale that’s at once uproarious and inspiring.

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Dolemite Is My Name

Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.
Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da'Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D'Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore's Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.
R
Genre
Bio-pic, Comedy, Drama, African-American Experience
Runtime
118
Language
English
Director
Craig Brewer
Writer(s)
Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Cast
Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Titus Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Wesley Snipes
FEATURED REVIEW
Brian Truitt, USA Today

Early on in the Netflix biopic comedy “Dolemite Is My Name,” Eddie Murphy – as 1970s-era blaxploitation icon Rudy Ray Moore – is tooling around the record store where he works and hits the resident DJ (Snoop Dogg) with some truth: “I'm not lying, man, people love me.”
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