Eddie Murphy knows high concept comedies. It seems every other film he makes (“The Nutty Professor” series, the “Dr. Dolittle” series, “The Haunted Mansion”, “Holy Man”, “The Adventures of Pluto Nash”…) falls into this category, and this is how Murphy reinvented himself after a serious lull in the early to mid 1990s. This summer’s “Meet Dave” is no exception.
Apparently about little tiny people who live inside “Dave”‘s head, controlling his actions (is he a robot?), the trailer makes meeting Dave look like a trip down Murphy memory lane: Eddie playing a bunch of different characters, a lame plot (though I’ll admit “Dave” seems somewhat inventive in essence, it just doesnt appear to be in execution) and overt homophobia (see the scene at the very beginning of the trailer). The presence of Elizabeth Banks is a bit appealing, but remember the worst Murphy outings brought down many a good actresses with it: Regina King in “Daddy Day Care”, Famke Janssen in “I Spy”, etc.
I used to really enjoy Murphy, and loved late 90s entries into his new lease on a career like “Nutty” and “Bowfinger.” And if I didnt already feel like Murphy was ready to fall back into the oblivion of his “Beverly Hills Cop 3” era, I do now.