Dolemite Is My Name
Available October 25, 2019 / Comedy / 118 minutes / In English
Rudy Ray Moore was hungry and poor. Needing an income, he started making “party” records he culled from stories he heard from the local drunks. No established distributor wanted to carry these records so Rudy sold them under-the-counter at record stores. The records sold well and he was beginning to get a reputation. Rudy then lands a gig as an emcee at a ratty nightclub. His big break comes when he’s allowed to do a stand-up routine taking on the persona of a trash-talking braggart named Dolemite. Brimming with confidence, Rudy decides to make a film, Dolemite, in 1975. The whole filmmaking process is a riot, with Rudy using his cronies to do the acting and casting himself in the lead. To play the raunchy madam who looks after the Dolomite “girls” Rudy recruits his friend Lady Reed to play Queen Bee. The only professional who knows what to do is the director, D’Urville Martin. Thank God! The film is crude, a bit more than a home movie. But it’s comical, brash, profane and sexy. It becomes a surprising hit and can now be seen on Amazon, iTunes, FandangoNow and Vudu. In addition to being an unusually innovative performer, Rudy is a man of enormous determination. He zeroes in on what he wants and goes after it like a pit bull. Perhaps every kid studying for an MBA should see Dolomite Is My Name.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98%
- Metacritic Score: 77
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: Best Comedy
National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films
AAFCA Awards: Best Actor (Eddie Murphy; Best Supporting Actress (Da’Vine Joy Randolph)
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Eddie Murphy is back on top of his game, playing underground comedian and photo-rap artist Rudy Ray Moore in DOLOMITE IS MY NAME. It’s a role he was born to play. It’s a pleasure to see him commanding the screen again. The movie left me with a smile on my face.Leonard Maltin
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME is a typical biopic buoyed by its unrelenting hilarity, its affection for its subject and commitment to the time and place it is set.Odie Henderson
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME, starring Eddie Murphy as real-life comedian, photo-rapper and Blaxploitation performer Rudy Ray Moore, is one of the great movies about entrepreneurship, a story about making something happen even when everyone tells you it’s impossible. It’s also hugely entertaining and joyously profane, a movie whose spirit is so big the screen can barely contain it.Stephanie Zacharek
Everything clicks in the comedy DOLEMITE IS MY NAME—it’s almost alarming how easily, larkishly the film goes down.David Edelstein
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