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Eddie Murphy stars in Mr. Church Dramedy after 4 Years

Embrace yourself for Mr. Church! I hope you enjoyed your movies without the comic character who featured in director Martin Brest’s ‘Beverly Hills Cop’? I mean the movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson where a rebellious cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) follows the leads to Beverly Hills, Calif., under the auspices of a vacation.

Mr. Church

Mr. Church (first poster)

Well, that movie was released in 1984, way before I entered earth from somewhere but thanks to technology, I can passionately talk about it. It feels like it’s been a long time since we last saw Eddie Murphy on the big screen even though he’s comfortable financially but now Eddie Murphy is returning to the genre that earned him an Oscar nomination as he takes his good guy character to the Tribeca Film Festival.

Some days ago he was spotted with his pregnant girlfriend Paige Butcher at a coffee shop in California, that could mean amidst all the new projects that came his way which he wasn’t exactly pressed to make new money out of it by taking on almost every project that’s offered to him, he still going on with life and hoping to welcome his new baby.

After 2007’s biopic ‘Norbit’, the last time we saw him on the big screen was in “Tower Heist” in 2011, some 4 years ago even though there was “A Thousand Words” squatting in limbo for years after it was made, until Dreamworks finally released it in early 2012 (it was made years before “Tower Heist”) to overwhelmingly negative reviews and weak box office.




The new dramedy was previously titled ‘Cook’ but it’s being released as ‘Mr. Church’ featuring the actor/comedian/musician Eddie Murphy who replaced Samuel L. Jackson in the movie. In “Mr. Church,” his first cinematic project in four years, he delivers not a single mirthful one-liner as the title character, a compassionate cook who becomes the surrogate paterfamilias to a girl and her terminally ill mother. The movies also tells the story of the friendship between a young white girl and her dying mother, and their African American cook, the Mr. Church in the title of the film, in New Orleans.

Mr. Church

Movie Poster

Here’s a full synopsis: “Charlotte “Charlie” Brody is not pleased when Henry Joseph Church arrives at their modest home, at the request of Marie Brody’s deceased lover, to serve as their cook. Mr Church made a solemn promise to Marie’s former lover that he would take care of Marie for 6 months because Marie is dying of cancer. Young Charlotte has no idea that her mother is sick and refuses to warm up to the man who is suddenly an ever-present figure in her life. However, Mr Church’s presence becomes far more important than Charlotte could ever imagine. Marie’s mother lives another 6 years, and Mr Church stays on to nurse Marie through her illness. Mr Church becomes a loving role model and life long friend to Charlotte, and to Charlotte’s child, long after Marie dies.”

Murphy plays Henry Joseph Church. Britt Robertson plays Charlotte.

Britt Robertson, Xavier Samuel, Natascha McElhone, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen, McKenna Grace, Natalie Coughlin, Madison Wolfe, Lincoln Melcher and Kathleen McMartin are also members of the film’s cast.

The dramedy was directed by Bruce Beresford, from a script penned by Susan McMartin. By the way, Beresford also directed “Driving Miss Daisy” but this mirthless Eddie Murphy vehicle from the director of ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ is rife with hoary ‘magical negro’ stereotypes.




The film is based on McMartin’s own real-life story with the title “The Cook Who Came To Live With Us”. Read the shortened story which inspired the film here (http://susanmcmartin.com/the-cook-who-came-to-live-with-us/).

Envision Media Arts, Evolution Entertainment, After Dark Films, and Atmosphere Entertainment are all producers of ‘Mr. Church.’

The film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, with Cinelou Releasing handling its domestic theatrical release (no date yet). See the first clip below.

Mr. Church – I said enough by teasertrailer
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