Pluto Nash is so bad it’s terrible
There’s no redeeming value in The Adventures of Pluto Nash. It’s one of those classically awful movies that you almost have to see to truly appreciate why it well deserves its status as one of the worst movies of all time. Granted something may come along in 2092 that be truly terrible as well, but it will still be looking up at this bad idea made worse with a big budget.
Eddie Murphy (who apparently couldn’t be bothered to read the scripts) stars as Pluto Nash. Nash is a former smuggler on the moon trying to turn his life around after getting released from prison by running a nightclub.
Before he can start that new life, Pluto has to save his best friend Tony (Jay Mohr) from getting the beat down from a bunch of mobsters.
Along the way, Pluto agrees to help aspiring singer, Dina (Rosario Dawson) in need of money to return home to Earth. Dawson amazingly managed to salvage her career after this as she was the only cast member with a career still on the rise.
It doesn’t take Pluto long to make the nightclub the hottest spot on the moon, which brings trouble from some mobsters (led by Joe Pantoliano) looking to cash in or trash the business so no one can reap the benefits.
Director Ron Underwood and screenwriter Neil Cuthbert appear baffled as to the film they’re trying to make as it switches from scene to scene.
One moment it’s another in a string of embarrassingly bad Murphy comedies when the next it’s a sci-fi action adventure. It doesn’t particularly matter which genre you’re suffering through as they’re all awful with an out of touch sense of humor and cheap looking special effects.
To its credit, Warner Brothers knew it was a stinker and invested little in the promotional efforts.The trailers didn’t exactly say ‘go see this movie,’ but screamed ‘run in the other direction’ and in this case, the trailers provided more than adequate warning.
Favors are called in from across the galaxy as stars including Randy Quaid, John Cleese, Alec Baldwin, Luis Guzman, Peter Boyle, Burt Young, Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. and even Pam Grier show up for cameo appearances.
Cleese and Guzman actually provide some much-needed spark to the film, but unfortunately, they don’t stick around nearly long enough.
As far as rock bottom moments in Murphy’s career, it’s a toss-up between this and Norbit. On the plus side, Pluto Nash didn’t cost Murphy an Oscar, but its $4 million gross against a $100 million budget makes it easily one of the biggest box office bombs in history.
I don’t want to undersell how poorly conceived this film is so if you temper your expectations way low to just barely hope to occasionally chuckle, ‘Pluto Nash’ is still going to let you down.
The only entertainment value you’ll get out of Pluto Nash is making it one of the featured attractions of a horrible movie night where you can endlessly mock it MST3K style. Otherwise steer far clear of this lunar loser.