Trading Places (1983 R) is a funny Christmas movie with a heartwarming message. But it is not for kids.
Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) is a successful investor working for the brokerage firm of wealthy brothers Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche). Randolph and Mortimer have a “nature versus nurture” debate. Is Winthorpe successful because he is naturally brilliant, or because he has always been given opportunities to nurture success?
To test “nature versus nurture”, Randolph and Mortimer randomly choose panhandler Billie Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to trade places with Winthorpe. They manipulate to get Winthorpe accused of a crime, locked out of his home, fired from work, and abandoned by his snobby friends and fiancee.
Valentine grows successful.
Winthorpe grows desperate.
All this is handled in a very comedic way. Very funny! But still not for kids.
Boobs. Too many jiggling naked boobs. And the f-word, unnecessary to the dialogue.
Why did director John Landis add things to keep families from enjoying this Christmas movie together?