“Trading Places” is the movie that made me a fan of the Duke Brothers. Sure, they were fictional in 1983, but they are the kind of rich moguls I wish existed in 2018. In the present era, we’ve got old guys that would eat those two for lunch. Anyways, Landis mines their cruel bet for all the comedy it contains. You get classic Jamie Lee Curtis nudity, a horny gorilla and Denholm Elliott bringing the thunder outside of the safety of Indiana Jones. What is their not to love?

Well, a lot of modern viewers take issue with the reliance on deep stock and foreign exchange knowledge. It’s part of the film’s world, but the film doesn’t hold your hand explaining what Mr. Beaks and others are trying to pull off. Trading Places asks that you trust them on this journey and to laugh at Eddie Murphy’s early comedic stylings. If you can’t do that, then you will have a bad time with this movie. But, be better than that. So many of you out there clamor for smart entertainment and then act bewildered when it drops in your lap. Be better.


  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • Trivia Pop-Ups
  • Featurettes
  • Industry Promotional Piece


  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • Dolby 5.1


  • 95%
    Video - 95%
  • 90%
    Audio - 90%
  • 93%
    Special Features - 93%
  • 95%
    Film Score - 95%

The Plot Thus Far

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

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