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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Murphy romcom is way too sexual for kids.

Movie R 1992 116 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+


holy SHI-. this movie is not for kids!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

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Boomerang is arguably more interesting in theory than it is in execution. It was part of a boom of African-American movies in the early 1990s, and Eddie Murphy clearly went out of his way to get in on this trend; he acquired an African-American director, Reginald Hudlin, who had made House Party (1990), and cast the movie almost entirely with African-Americans. It even features a cameo by pioneer filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles. Moreover, it was an attempt at a more sophisticated, grown-up comedy for Murphy, focusing on adults in a workplace, and on adult, sexual relationships.

The movie attempts a fascinating role-reversal, with a strong female character treating Murphy as a sex object, but whether it actually works is up for debate. Many found the movie too vulgar or shallow, but it does contain many interesting and/or funny sequences. Chris Rock, John Witherspoon, and David Alan Grier provide amusing support, and the adorable Halle Berry is the movie's soul.

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