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Meet Dave

Meet Dave. Maybe you shoudn't

Everybody knows a ‘Dave’. Bet yours isn’t an Eddie Murphy-shaped spaceship unleashed on Manhattan by a diminutive alien captain (Murphy again) and his Lilliputian crew. That’s the premise for Brian Robbins’ (Norbit) tired familyfriendly retread of Coming To America.

Murphy’s deft deadpan as a not-quiteempty vessel occasionally compensates for the Razzie-bait assembly of lav gags, schmaltz and crap FX. Extras-wise, a career-spanning interview with director Robbins is a disturbing masterclass in mediocrity.

Simon Kinnear

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