The Distinguished Gentleman

This uneven Eddie Murphy political comedy is about a common criminal who thinks being a congressman is more profitable than his particular line of work. So he runs for office in a virtually unknown political party and wins solely because his name happens to be the same as a popular and recently deceased congressman (played too briefly by James Garner). When he enters into congress, he finds it excessively corrupt and it not getting anything useful done and of course, the money-hungry criminal sets things right. This film is full of corny humor and has an unlikely plot. The romance between Murphy and Ralph goes too quickly and is artificial. May appeal to Murphy fans, because he's okay in his role.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker, Victoria Rowell, Grant Shaud, James Garner

Directed by:

Jonathan Lynn


1992 political/comedy

Rated R.


Don Ignacio's score: D+

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