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Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

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Critic Consensus: In dramatizing Rudy Ray Moore's stranger-than-fiction story, Eddie Murphy makes Dolemite Is My Name just as bold, brash, and ultimately hard to resist as its subject.

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Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da'Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D'Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore's Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.

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Cast

Eddie Murphy
as Rudy Ray Moore
Wesley Snipes
as D'Urville Martin
Keegan-Michael Key
as Jerry Jones
Mike Epps
as Jimmy Lynch
Craig Robinson
as Ben Taylor
Tituss Burgess
as Theodore Toney
Chris Rock
as Daddy Fatts
Snoop Dogg
as Jamaal Lewis
T.I.
as Tituss Burgess
Chelsea Gilson
as Carrie Mills
Luenell
as Aunt
Ivo Nandi
as Julius Bihari
Phil Abrams
as Lou Drozen
Aaron Craven
as Colton Silverman
Gerald Downey
as Bob Brooks
Jernard Burks
as Mr. Allen / Club Owner
Lanease Adams
as Dolemite's Girl
Garland Whitt
as Theatre Manager
Fatimah Hassan
as Movie Theater Worker
Mark Krenik
as Premiere Photographer
Anika C. McFall
as Dolphin Records Singer
Leon Bubba Ganter
as Heavyset Man
Adam Pepper
as Club Patron
Shannon Reynosa
as Dolemite Girl
Quartay Denaya
as Pretty Girl
Kyle Merryman
as Radio Station Engineer
Joshua Weinstein
as John McCarthy
Justin Gant
as White Boy #3
A.J. Tannen
as Randall Spade
Saudia Rashed
as Chantel Apodaca
Stephaun Pender
as Theater Guest
Michael Peter Bolus
as Lester Bihari
Eric Shackelford
as Groovy Theatre Guy
Joseph Beck
as Boring White Man
Alfonso Christian Lover
as Tallahassee Manager
Demetrius Hodges
as Movie Goer
Ro Lott
as Mississippi Waitress
John Michael Herndon
as Middle-Aged Actor / Warden
Valerie Hall
as Movie Theatre Patron
Henry Monfries
as White Boy #2
Denise Jaxon
as Club Patron
Lamar Usher
as Black DJ #1
Martel Shaw
as California Club Goer
Cliff Redding
as Dressy Patron
Chris Reese
as Customer (Baton Rouge Lounge)
Tiarra Dowell
as Movie Theatre Patron
deMann
as Prisoner
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All Critics (233) | Top Critics (60)

Craig Brewer's film similarly romanticises the dream factory that is cinema. So, it is not just a loving tribute to a counterculture-inspired genre but also to the dreamers whose determination and desire far outweighed their skills and knowledge.

July 23, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Murphy's ebullient co-star underlines one of Dolemite Is My Name's subtler points: Sometimes, betting on yourself inspires others to believe in themselves, too.

December 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Certainly the blue-chip cast that has shown up to support Murphy in the buoyant-but-superficial Netflix biopic Dolemite Is My Name is its own tribute to Moore's intersectional significance...

December 18, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's well worth leaving the house for.

December 18, 2019 | Full Review…

This isn't just a jokey comedy vehicle for Eddie Murphy, this is truly one of the year's best films.

December 18, 2019 | Full Review…

This riotous, poignant and uplifting true story couldn't have been told half as well without the singular magnetism and intensity of Eddie Murphy at its heart.

December 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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