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The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi | 16 August 2002 (USA)
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In the future, a man struggles to keep his lunar nightclub out of the hands of the mafia.

Director:

Ron Underwood

Writer:

Neil Cuthbert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Pluto Nash
Randy Quaid ... Bruno
Rosario Dawson ... Dina Lake
Joe Pantoliano ... Mogan
Jay Mohr ... Tony Francis
Luis Guzmán ... Felix Laranga
James Rebhorn ... Belcher
Peter Boyle ... Rowland
Burt Young ... Gino
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Miguel
Pam Grier ... Flura Nash
John Cleese ... James
Victor Varnado Victor Varnado ... Kelp
Illeana Douglas ... Dr. Mona Zimmer
Jacynthe René Jacynthe René ... Babette
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Storyline

After his successful night club is blown to flaming bits, Pluto and his band travel across the moon looking for clues as to who is behind the arson. Along with Bruno and Dina, Pluto visits a seedy motel, his secret hide out and the casino of the most powerful man on the moon searching for the evil doer, only to find out that the destruction of his club may have been his own fault Written by FMJ_Joker

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The Man On The Moon See more »

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Comedy | Action | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pluto Nash See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,182,900, 18 August 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,420,080, 6 October 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,683,893
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry were the first and second choices respectively for the role of Dina Lake but both passed on the part. Berry declined because the filming schedule clashed with her wedding. See more »

Goofs

When Pluto Nash finally meets his "twin", he has a black tie and his twin has a red one. In the next shot they both are wearing black ties. See more »

Quotes

Rowland: There's a clone doctor named Runa Pedanken. Made a big name for herself creating an entire basketball team from one old guy.
Pluto Nash: The Air Jordans. Yeah.
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Connections

References The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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It's Alright
Written by Anthony President, Ainz Brainz Prasad (as Brains Dimilo) & Craig Smart
Performed by Rosario Dawson
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Weak script and big budget handed to an incapable director!
5 January 2007 | by robo8See all my reviews

See a lot of guys giving this a one out of ten, not really fair I feel. To me there are lots of worse movies in all categories. But that said - it's not a top notch movie.

I've never been a fan of director Ron Underwood - he might be decent for TV but features aren't his strong side in my opinion. You'll notice best when it comes to the comedy parts (the attempts I should say) and the actions sequences.

As for comedy, the directing does nothing to enhance the seemingly weak script. Since comedy seems to be what this movie was to be about and the pace seems intended to be rather fast - maybe they should have gone for a director who could make something out of it? The action sequences are incredibly lame. It resembles grown people playing war without saying "pow pow". Here the director's at a loss as well, which shows in sequences as when Randy Quaid's robot character is taking out his two canons for guns. I take it, this is supposed to be a "cool" shot but the angle of camera, timing and pace makes it about as cool as when your dad hangs up his coat upon returning home from work.

The budget ($100 million allegedly) didn't seem to be a problem and the special effects as well as the sets seem pretty well done, along with a pretty nice cast (even tiny sub-minute parts are mostly done by actors you at least recognize). This must be seen as further critique of the director, since he seemed to have all the necessary tools at hand.

The actors put in from a half-hearted to a decent effort. A lot of great character actors (Joe Pantoliano) didn't get enough space to be interesting and there is a lot of untapped comedy resource in both Jay Mohr and Eddie Murphy. Though it has to be said – Pam Grier put in what has to be her worst performance ever as the mother of Eddie Murphy's character. One you can always trust to give his spirit is Luis Guzmán, and he doesn't disappoint in this one either.

All in all I would say there was a weak script to start with, that grew even weaker when it was handed to a director that couldn't handle the sort of comedy it was supposed to be, nor the action it was supposed to contain. Probably actors underachieved, especially in the comedy department, due to this directing. The end result was nor a comedy, nor an action – simply a bleak sci-fi that was one of the biggest net-losses in movie history if I got it right. My guess is that the guys at Warner Brothers probably are killing themselves for not picking a more suitable director.


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