Dolemite Is My Name
One Week Only!
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.
USA, 2019, 118 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Craig Brewer
“[Murphy's] back, baby, in a performance so big and so generous that it virtually busts through the screen.”– Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST
“This movie is a total blast... Sheer entertainment."– Christy Lemire, FILMWEEK (KPCC – NPR, LOS ANGELES)
“It's a heartfelt, funny, satisfying film.”– Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
“Brewer finds the unexpected heart and uplifting spirit in Moore's tale and pumps it up into a rousing everyman yarn. ‘Dolemite’ is dynamite.”– Adam Graham, DETROIT NEWS
“[‘Dolemite Is My Name’ is] a vivid depiction of the challenges that black entertainers have faced, particularly in Hollywood. And it is, to everyone's delight, a great Eddie Murphy performance.”– Alissa Wilkinson, VOX
“Eddie Murphy's back - front-and-center and full force - in a comedy that pays tribute to the rude-crude-untamed humor of Rudy Ray Moore. Murphy is raw again and I'm delirious.”– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE