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Boomerang (1992) – Movie Review

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Jelisa M.
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

Movie Review • The 30th Anniversary of Boomerang was this week & it’s only right to give it the flowers it deserves. With an all-star cast with Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, Robin Givens, Eartha Kitt & more the movie was destined to be a cult classic. It is such a classic that it was considered “unique” at the time (1992) because it was the most expensive movie with an all black cast & production crew. You know what they say “scared money don’t make money.” 

Boomerang took a chance and gave the culture something different. During that time most of the black films being made were “hood” movies. This film showed us what black luxury looked like, & it was a breath of fresh air for the culture. Marcus Graham is what most men strived to be, successful & being able to pull any woman that walked by. Was Marcus a dog…of course! Once he met a woman that played the game better than him in Jacqueline, oh how the tables turned. Jacqueline had the confidence, style & sex appeal that attracted someone of Marcus status.

I’m sure he thought Jacqueline was going to be like the other women he’s been able to hit & quit but Jacqueline had that snapback comeback, along with the “don’t call me I’ll call you” type of game. She ran game on Marcus so good it had him clutching his pearls after she left $200 on the nightstand. Jacqueline had Marcus thinking they were about to get serious, something I’m sure he was not expecting after their fling in New Orleans. They were perfect for each other in a perfect toxic world. Angela is who he really needed but didn’t deserve. She’s the type guys want once they are ready to settle down.

With Boomerang, Eddie Murphy tried reinventing himself as a romantic leading man / The Dissolve

I never really liked the way he did Gerard. I’m very anti dating someone your friend dated, & what made it worse is he was the one that introduced Gerard & Angela. I liked Halle in this “good girl” role, she was my favorite character. Robin played her role perfectly although producers were hesitant in giving her the part because at the time she was being labeled as a “cold-hearted gold-digger” due to her relationship with Mike Tyson, but that image was perfect for the role. Sometimes a film full of stars can be a miss but Boomerang was a full hit.

Although people don’t talk about Boomerang as much, I’m sure it has inspired other black creators to showcase more black success in film. I’d like to give Eddie credit for creating that avenue for black filmmakers. It’s not one of my favorite movies but it is a great film. I know if I would have given it a bad review Jason aka Jason McGrady (Zumble Creator) would have come for my neck! LOL! 

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