Cinema: Lost Star the Golden Child

Directed by Michael Ritchie Screenplay by Dennis Feldman

No, guys, you got it wrong. When Eddie Murphy comes on jiving street smarts (with just a touch of street menace), he needs to land in unnerving proximity to some respectable folks. The sense of danger he imparts to the bourgeoisie in the opening reels of 48 HRS., Trading Places or Beverly Hills Cop is what makes the audience sigh with satisfaction when he reveals his essential good spirit later in the picture.

In his new film Murphy is discovered -- promisingly -- as a tracer of lost children in low-life Los Angeles. But he is immediately hired by an oriental...

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