Holy Man

on October 09, 1998 by Lisa Osborne
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Eddie Murphy turns home shopping into a religious experience in "Holy Man." A clever script and great comic timing from the entire cast take the infomercial parody to a whole new hilarious level, while cameos by Morgan Fairchild, Betty White, Florence Henderson, James Brown, Soupy Sales, Dan Marino and Willard Scott give the zany commercials a spiritedly cheesy star appeal.
   Sales are slow on Ricky (Jeff Goldblum)'s home shopping channel, and his job is in jeopardy if he can't turn things around within two weeks. Marketing consultant Kate (Kelly Preston) tries to help, but it's their chance meeting with "G" (Murphy), the titular guru, that really makes the difference. Touting his own brand of zen wisdom on Ricky's show, G soon converts not only the network but the whole country to his way of thinking.
   A surprisingly serene Murphy does a nice job playing G; while he makes a strong impression throughout the movie, he manages to avoid overshadowing the blossoming romance between Ricky and Kate.
   Although the movie loses its pace a bit in the middle when it can't quite decide if it wants to remain a comedy or turn into a romance or a story with a moral, it's a cute tale that will appeal to the entire family. Starring Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum and Kelly Preston. Directed by Stephen Herek. Written by Tom Schulman. Produced by Roger Birnbaum and Herek. A Buena Vista release. Comedy. Rated PG for some language. Running time: 113 min.
Tags: ddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum, Kelly Preston, Stephen Herek, Tom Schulman, Rober Birnbaum, Herek, Buena Vista, Comedy, guru, wisdom, romance
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