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Which Way Is Up? Review


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Decades before Eddie Murphy made his career comeback by playing a handful of different characters in The Nutty Professor, Richard Pryor showed how it was done in Which Way Is Up? And this isn't some kid-friendly piece of fluff like Murphy's recent productions. This is typical Pryor -- full of foul-mouthed trash talk that definitely had people cringing back in 1977 and still has them doing the same thing 25 years later.

Unfortunately, a pioneering performance idea and raunchy dialogue doesn't actually make the movie any good. The story follows a migrant farm worker named Leroy Jones (Pryor), who accidentally becomes selected for a management job and along his ride to the top he makes enemies of his former co-workers and friends, and finds his formerly sex-starved life filled with options. And wouldn't you know it, the only one which satisfies him is the local reverend's wife.

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