To say this high-concept sci-fi comedy is one of the funnier major-studio releases of summer 2008 is something less than high praise: Films like YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN and LOVE GURU, so the bar set pretty low. But aside from some unnecessarily crude stereotypes, Eddie Murphy's least-painful comedy in years has a certain peculiar charm.
Early one New York City morning, a neatly groomed, middle-aged man (Eddie Murphy) dressed in an immaculate three-piece white suit comes screaming across the sky and lands face first on Liberty Island. Apparently unhurt, he picks himself up, dusts himself off and boards a Circle Line tour boat bound for Manhattan. "He," ...