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Danny McBride wasn’t trying to make a “good” movie when he decided to star in “Arizona” (2018). Of that I’m fairly certain. If he was hoping for a watchable dark comedy about the housing market crash in suburban Phoenix, he succeeded. Somewhat. What he really ended up with was a so-so horror flick for a Halloween weekend opening. Except it opened in August. And the stars (him, Rosemarie DeWitt, David Alan Grier, Seth Rogen, Luke Wilson) are a little too big for a Halloween weekend flick. They shoulda saved money on fake blood and budgeted a little more for hijinks.

“Boomerang” (1992) is a formula romantic comedy made at the height of Eddie Murphy’s marketability. It’s what big stars do: they make a formula romantic comedy. This one doesn’t even have a plot gimmick. It’s straight-up Eddie Murphy. He even works portions of his standup act into the dialogue. It follows the “guy falls for glamorous chick when he really belongs with normal chick and almost realizes it too late” formula. There’s also Halle Berry, before she became a big star. Metaphorically, Martin Lawrence plays Murphy’s id and David Alan Grier plays his super-ego. Murphy, or course, is the ego.