Boomerang is one of the enduring black films of the 90s. On the surface it can be categorized as just ‘another Eddie Murphy movie,’ but really it’s so much more. The story revolved around a player named Marcus Graham, who gets the tables turned on him. Most of you probably know the story, so let’s get to the tale of the tape…
Relevance: Directed by House Party’s Reggie Hudlin, here’s a quick rundown of a few members of the cast: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Halle Berry, Martin Lawrence, David Alan Grier, Tisha Campbell, Robin Givens, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, Lela Rochon, John Witherspoon…MAN!!! I know there’s been talk of doing a black ‘Ocean’s 11,’ but I’d argue Boomerang was it!
Legacy: Take your pick. Allegedly after House Party and this movie, Martin decided to cast Tisha as Gina for his new sitcom, a little show called Martin. There’s John Witherspoon taking it to the next level with his ‘coordination.’ There’s Halle Berry officially taking the crown of ‘woman every brother in America wants for a girlfriend/wife’. (It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time long ago when Halle Berry wasn’t ‘Halle Berry’ yet.)
Craft: Ahh, this was the ‘Golden Age’ when you were expected to be both technically sound and entertaining as a black film. Good times. Still a pretty watchable film today.
Crossover: Do you remember the soundtrack? Yeah that’s still a great album: ‘Love Should Have Brought You Home Last Night’ (the introduction of Toni Braxton), ‘Hot Sex’, ‘I’d Die Without You’, and one of the biggest songs ever, ‘End of the Road’ by Boyz II Men. It’s actually a nice song again now, but if you were around that year and you heard it at least twice an hour for four months straight, it became unbearable. But it is a nice song.
Apollo: The Grace Jones perfume commercial? The perfect feet? The seduction scene with Eartha Kitt (and her butler)? Again, with this much talent (comedic and otherwise), take your pick.
Alright, back next month with the next piece.