Doctor Detroit (1983)
Times are rough for Chicago pimp, Smooth Walker. He owes a local mob boss, by the name of Mom, about $80k, and she is more than happy to break as many bones as necessary to get her cash. Smooth tells her that a Michigan pimp who calls himself Doctor Detroit came in and took all his money and his stable of girls. Mom wants to have a word with this Doctor fella ASAP. Here’s the thing: Doctor Detroit doesn’t exist, Smooth just made him up on the spot and actually spent all the money he owes Mom on himself. He needs to find some schmuck to pretend to be the Doctor so he can skip town.
Enter mild-mannered college professor Clifford Skridlow (Dan Aykroyd). Smooth finds this guy at a restaurant and takes him out for the time of his life, gives him some sexy time with his ladies and convinces him that this is the life he should be leading. Now Clifford is stuck with these girls he needs to protect, as Mom is looking to get her money. Clifford must play the part of super pimp Doctor Detroit and try to reason with the mobster. Things get hectic as Detroit is now the most famous playa in town, while Cliff tries to manage his professional life and the lives of his ‘professionals’. Everything culminates at a reception for the college he works at, and the annual Playa’s Ball, all set to a dance number with James Brown!
Alex’s Thoughts: I remember this being funnier…funny… somewhat funny? I really don’t think adult me likes this movie anymore. I want so badly to like Dan Aykroyd in everything he’s in, but I just don’t. The first time you see him in the Doctor Detroit costume it is somewhat amusing, but then it is quickly lost within the slow pace of the rest of the movie. If you simply need a young Fran Drescher fix, or want to watch a white comic awkwardly dance with a bunch of black people, this is the one for you. If you are just looking for a good Aykroyd flick, watch Spies Like Us instead. Alex Rates This Movie 3/10.
Tim’s Thoughts: There are better Dan Aykroyd movies out there, but this isn’t that bad. I think despite it’s age, there are some funny parts, and Aykroyd does the the stick-in-the-mud character pretty well. But this isn’t even the best 80′s straight man turned pimp movie we have reviewed for the blog. I liked this as a kid, but like most of those movies, they are better fondly remembered. Tim Rates This Movie 5/10
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