Picks and Pans Review: The Golden Child

updated 01/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

There's no one better than Eddie Murphy when he plays the right guy in the wrong place (or vice versa). This movie, however, is so wrong there's no guy right enough to fix it. It would have been reasonable to expect more from Murphy under a director like Michael (Fletch) Ritchie. With a few good lines, Murphy could have held even Heaven's Gate together, yet Dennis (Just One of the Guys) Feldman's script makes even Eddie grind to a halt. The Golden Child, destined to save the world, is kidnapped by Charles (The Jewel in the Crown) Dance, an agent of the Devil. The child is to be rescued, it is written, by The Chosen One. Murphy, as a finder of missing childen, inherits the job. (It might have been funnier had he been, say, a shoe salesman.) Murphy must go to Tibet with the exotic Charlotte (Pirates) Lewis to bring back a dagger that Dance says he'll trade for the child. As the moviegoer, your job is to find the film amid the smokescreen of special effects and lousy lines. Good luck. (PG-13)

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