Trading Places (1983)

Trading Places Quote: “Just be yourself, sir. Whatever happens, they can’t take that away from you.” – Coleman

Canadian listeners Denis and Jillian commissioned this year’s Shat Christmas comedy, “Trading Places,” explaining that it’s been their holiday comfort movie for years.

Upon viewing, we’re not sure it’s a Christmas movie, or a comedy, or particularly comforting. But Trading Places made some bold social statements, helped elevate Eddie Murphy to one of the hottest names in Hollywood and got Jamie Lee Curtis topless.

Join the Shat Crew on this holiday romp as we discuss power suits, the difference between “True Lies” and “The Full Monty,” frozen orange juice concentrate, stolen valor, and the horrible disguises of ’80s cinema.

Plot Summary: “Trading Places” Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn’t commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.

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