Boomerang

PLOT:

The film begins as Marcus Graham (Murphy) enters Chantress, the company that he works for as an advertisement executive. It is quickly established that he is quite the ladies’ man, as he tells his assistant to send flowers to nine different women, with cards reading “only thinking of you.” When he enters his office, Nelson (Geoffrey Holder), one of the creative minds also in Marcus’ department, shows Marcus a re-cut he’s done of one of the ads they’ve been working on. Marcus tells Nelson, who’s very creative but also very risque and overtly sexual with his style, that he must re-edit the ad, as some of the material may be offensive to women. Nelson reluctantly agrees, then leaves.

The next day, Marcus meets Lady Eloise (Eartha Kitt), the head of the company which will soon be acquiring Chantress in a business merger. She suggests that Marcus may be promoted to head of the marketing department, and invites him to her home for dinner that evening. Marcus realizes she intends to have her way with him, and thinking of the promotion, goes through with it and spends the night with her. The next day at work, he meets Jacqueline Broyer (Givens), a beautiful woman who he realizes is going to be given the job he wanted, and will soon become his boss. At the party being held for the companies’ merger, Marcus tells his friends Tyler (Lawrence) and Gerard (Grier) he’s thinking about resigning since he’s not going to be promoted. While there, Jacqueline introduces him to Angela Lewis (Berry), who works in the art department, and tells him the two of them should be working together. Also, everyone in the party is introduced to Strangé (Grace Jones), the wild fashion diva who’s been chosen as the new face of Lady Eloise Cosmetics. While looking for Jacqueline, Marcus bumps into Angela, and when he spots Jacqueline, introduces Angela to Gerard so that he can go and catch up with her. When he attempts to woo Jacqueline, she tells him she doesn’t date co-workers. Marcus however still believes he will be made the exception because of her flirtatious nature towards him.

Some time later at the office, Jacqueline tells Marcus they should go over some of their work together, and Marcus suggests they do it at his place over dinner, to which Jacqueline agrees. Marcus also finds out that Angela and Gerard will be going out that night. Both couples meet that evening, and ironically, Gerard, who’s not as successful with women as Marcus, ends up having the better evening with Angela, while Jacqueline and Marcus eat dinner in front of the TV, which doesn’t leave much time for the two to establish any sort of chemistry. Later, the two are sent on a business trip in New Orleans, and eventually sleep together while there.

Marcus, who assumes that the two are now a couple, is rather shocked to find that Jacqueline feels the two should take it slowly, and isn’t as enthusiastic about their relationship as he. While he feels he’s falling in love, he doesn’t understand how she can be so careless and inconsiderate about his feelings. After Marcus finds out that Jacqueline has told some of their personal business to Strangé, he tells her that the two of them should take a break for a while. Jacqueline gets the last word however, when she bluntly tells Marcus “it’s over.” Distraught about their breakup, Marcus’ work ethic begins to lag, and after he ruins a major business proposal, Jacqueline decides rather than fire him, she’ll give him a few weeks off work to get himself together.

During this time, Marcus begins to hang out with Angela, who tries to help bring him out of the funk he’s in. On Thanksgiving, Marcus, Angela, Tyler, Gerard and his parents get together for dinner. While eating, Angela and Gerard tell his parents that they aren’t a couple, when his father assumes that the two are. When everyone else leaves, Marcus and Angela clean up, and fall asleep on the couch together. When they wake up, the two begin to make out, and assumedly sleep together. While out with Gerard and Tyler, Marcus tells Gerard that he and Angela are going out together, which upsets Gerard knowing Marcus’ past with women.

Marcus, now much more relaxed and confident, becomes very attractive to Jacqueline again, and as he hadn’t put away his feelings for her, the two end up sleeping together again one night. The next day, Angela confronts Marcus about his whereabouts the night before, knowing he was with Jacqueline. Upset by how Marcus makes himself out to be the victim, Angela angrily leaves. Marcus tries to go back to Jacqueline, then realizes his feelings for her aren’t the same as his love for Angela.

Later, Marcus talks to Gerard, and Gerard tells him that Angela got a promotion at a new company she’s working for. Marcus apologizes to Gerard, and the two make up for the argument they had before. He then goes to Angela’s new job, and though at first she is very cold towards him, she finally forgives him, and the two get back together.

REVIEW:

This is one of Eddie Murphy’s best movies. Not in the same league as Coming to America, but still pretty good.

Netflix has this categorized as a drama. I’m not sure I agree with that. For me, this seems to be more of a lighter romantic comedy.

There are a lot of stars in this movie that we see in their early major big screen roles, such as Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, and Tisha Campbell.

The film falls a bit when they try to get a bit too deep. The movie is on the lighter side of things, and all of a sudden they take this dramatic turn and it kills the mood, but it does eventually comes back to the lightness.

Halle Berry is gorgeous, as always, in what I believe is her first major big screen role. Eartha Kitt is tremendous, but could have had a little more screen time. It seemed like the scenes with her were a bit rushed.

All in all a very good film.

4 out of 5 stars

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