CINEMA: CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT

MURPHY'S METRO IS, ALAS, NOT NUTTY ENOUGH

The movie audience's relationship with a favorite star is like a long-term, off-and-on affair. The star seduces us, he disappoints us; after years of the same-old, we take him for granted; then he does something wonderful to win back our love. Eddie Murphy, from his explosion on Saturday Night Live in 1981 to his current turn in the cop drama Metro, has been a beguiling, exasperating beau. With his horse laugh and his wizardry at impressions, he rose to eminence as the little guy who can take charge. But he became addicted to adulation and lost the common touch. His appeal...

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