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Beverly Hills Cop II

Eddie Murphy , Judge Reinhold , Tony Scott    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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The 1988 sequel to one of the most successful movies of all time finds Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Detroit police detective Axel Foley, and once again playing a fish out of water as he tries to solve a series of heists in Beverly Hills that may be connected to the attempted murder of his friend, a Beverly Hills police captain (Ronny Cox). Constructed in a much flashier and faster-paced visual style than the first film, the song still remains the same as Foley tries to keep his job in Detroit while solving crimes for the Beverly Hills cops. Murphy again makes the most of culture shock for comic effect, and the easy rapport between Murphy and Billy (Judge Reinhold), now a cheerfully over the top Rambo-esque figure, is still the centerpiece of this series. While not the least bit original, director Tony Scott (Crimson Tide, Top Gun) puts his own stamp on this installment and keeps the action and the laughs coming. --Robert Lane

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of it's stars June 29 2004
Format:DVD
Not as good as the first, but Good.
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Format:VHS Tape
Detriot cop Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to once again show "square" cops Rosewood and Taggert how real police work is done. This time, they're after a group of bank robbers known as "The Alphabet Bandits" who are responsible for shooting their boss. While this one is more dedicated to action than comedy (thanks to Top Gun director Tony Scott), Murphy is still in rare comedic form and manages to keep this sequel from being a waste of time. Too bad the same can't be said for the third entry in the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise. Number two is a bit of a rehash but seeing all the characters from the fist go-around (with the exception of Bronson Pinchot and Lisa Eilbacher) back in action makes it excuseable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Mess June 14 2004
By J
Format:DVD
Murphy should have held out. Not for more money but for a better script. BH2 is just dumb. Asinine plot and everything that was fresh and cool about the original is trotted out all over again. Lame.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Murphy and Company Keep It In Check! March 19 2004
Format:DVD
After the gargantuan success of "Beverly Hills Cop" it was inevitable that the executives at Paramount demand a sequel. So here you have it: "Beverly Hills Cop II," an unquestionably inferior sequel that still manages to be fun by rehashing some of the original's formula. The main problem with "Beverly Hills Cop II" is the fact that Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is now friendly with at least half of the Beverly Hills police force. Not so the case the first time around, since it was the very fact that he was unwelcome to begin with that made his tearing up of the culture the crucial crux of the comedy. Another weakness is the fact that this film's script places more focus on the action than it does on the laughs. This was a mistake for sure, since the comedy element is the original's greatest strength, as well as that of the cast. All is not lost however. This movie still manages to pull off some very funny gags thanks to the energy and timing of Murphy (still in his heyday) and of co-stars John Ashton and Judge Reinhold as the loveable Taggart and Rosewood. It is clear that the actors are enjoying these characters and it shows in their scenes together. There is a priceless moment at the Playboy Mansion featuring a cameo from Hefner himself. Interestingly enough, according to an included interview with Hef, this was the first time that he allowed a major motion picture to be shot on the infamous property. Most of the cast and crew are also interviewed as they look back on the making of what ended up being another major hit for Paramount in 1987.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not funny. Feb. 23 2004
Format:DVD
THE SCREENPLAY HAS WRITTEN FOR THIS MOVIE BY LARRY FERGUSON WAS TOO SHALLOW. EVERYONE PLAYS THE PARTS IN A VERY SUPERFISCAL WAY. THERE IS NO HUMOR NOR STYLE TO THE JOKES. IT'S JUST THERE AND IT DOES NOT AMOUNT TOO VERY MUCH, BUT THEN AGAIN EVERY EDDIE MURPHY FILM HAS TURNED OUT TO BE ALL STYLE AND NO SUBSTANCE 9OR HUMOR).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Murphy at his best (again)! Dec 31 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Another first for the comedy-crime drama genre for sure. This one has more comedy and action than the first one. The story sort of suffers from repitition though with Axel Foley going to Beverly Hills to solve a crime. Here's a lowdown of the story Andy Bogimil (Ronny Cox) is gunned down by two men and a 6foot blonde women. Axel hears about it on the news and goes to Beverly Hills. Once again Axel is aided by Billy and Taggert (played by the same characters in the first film) and solves the crime with a bunch of laughs along the way. It's a comical thrill ride that doesn't miss a beat!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, IF UNNESSECARY, COMEBACK July 26 2003
Format:DVD
IN THIS REALLY NEEDLESS SEQUEL, MURPHY RETURNS TO LA TO HELP SOLVE AN ALPHABET CRIME WAVE. NOW, REALLY, THIS SEQUEL WAS NOT NEEDED, THEY COULD'VE LEFT THINGS THE WAY THEY WERE AND NOT DO THIS SEQUEL. THIS SEQUEL SUFFERS FROM A BAD PLOT. ALTHOUGH THERE IS POINTLESS MOMENTS IN THIS ONE, MURPHY REALLY HELPS TO SAVE THIS ONE FROM BEING A DISASTER IN A REALLY BIG WAY. OH, AND LOOK FOR APPEARNCES BY GILBERT GOTTFRIED AND A YOUNGER CHRIS ROCK. IF YOU'RE A DIE HARD FAN OF THE ORIGINAL, GO HEAD AND BUY THIS ONE. BUT IF YOU'RE NOT A DIE HARD FAN, JUST RENT THIS ONE.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Bep Reviews Beverly Hills Cop 2 April 23 2003
Format:DVD
the first beverly hills cop movie was a classic, the second one however isn't quite as great. this movie does pack it's fair share of laughs and action but it seems to not have the same style as the first one as well as not having a fresh storyline. it seems to start in the same way as bhc 1, with one of axel's friends getting either hurt or killed and then axel goes to beverly hills to find the killer. after a while though you forgot about the revenger part and get caught up in a whole new storyline and the movie gets better but still doesn't live up to the original.
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