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Mr. Church

Mr. Church (2016)

September. 16,2016
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A unique friendship develops when a little girl and her dying mother inherit a cook - Mr. Church. What begins as an arrangement that should only last six months, instead spans fifteen years.


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Continuing my plan to watch every Eddie Murphy movie in order, I come to his last movie to daye, Mr Church (2016)Plot In A Paragraph: Mr Church (Murphy) goes to work for single Mom Marie and her daughter Charlotte for 6 months. What develops is a deep bond that lasts for years.If there was a movie worth coming out of retirement for, this was it. He is superb. Of rank this up there with Dreamgirls in terms of his performance, he is that good!! Murphy is ably backed up by Natasha McElhone, who is as reliable as always and Britt Robertson is impressive too. I watched this with my youngest, and we both enjoyed it!! I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried towards the end, if this is the last movie makes, it is a fitting movie to go out on!! He made me laugh with his first movie, and cry with his last. I admire the fact that he said he would retire at 50, and with the exception of this movie, he has done it. If he comes out of retirement to make a solid movie like this every couple of years, I'd be happy. Mr Church only received a limited release in theatres, which is a shame.


Yes, it is a tear jerker. So what? In fact i haven't seen an 11 Kleenex movie in a decade until this one, which i discovered on Amazon Prime. This movie is about family. We all know by now, 'tho some of us don't accept, apparently, that a family can be any combination of sexes, races, ages and what have you. Family is a group that supports and loves you, takes care of you when you need care and has fun with you when fun is possible. The acting in this movie is subtle and honest. Eddie Murphy, like Robin Williams, is a comedian who can also be a disciplined actor given a wonderful director like Bruce Beresford and a good script. Kudus to all the cast and crew. I'm only rating it a 9 because some folks think tear jerkers can't be good movies. I do, but the 9 is a slight warning to those unenlightened ones.


Eddie Murphy has done such a great job in this movie. We now get to see his dramatic side. I have never heard of this movie before showing on Amazon Prime. I have now seen it 4 times showing it to various family members,and we have enjoyed it so much. Well done Eddie Murphy, well done!!


I am not very familiar with most of Mr. Murphy's work, so I don't know a lot about what he's done. However, I do know this ... very few actors can inhabit a character as Mr. Murphy did. There was no Eddy Murphy in this movie; there was only Mr. Church, fully embodied and precisely nuanced and so true-to-life that you expect to find him in the kitchen the next morning ... which, since this is a true story, is entirely fitting. Well done, Mr. Murphy. Well done.