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The Vault: Moving (1988)

There was a time when Richard Pryor was considered to be one of the funniest comedic lead actors of the day. This time is known as "the 1980s."

Not being old enough to remember most aspects of the 80s has its charms, but I would like to know more about the public's perception of Richard Pryor as a comedian at the time. His movies are, in hindsight at least, generally run-of-the-mill fare. They are often funny, but usually not hilarious, and rarely push any boundaries or comment on any issues. People probably appreciated him mostly for his stand-up comedy, like Susan Sarandon and Wil Wheaton do.

In 1988, Pryor starred as Arlo Pear in Moving, a film with as self-descriptive a name as I've ever seen.

The movie adheres to a well-worn comedic formula: illustrate the comedic pratfalls of broadly relatable occurrences. There are a few funny scenes and gags, but nothing here is ground-breaking. It's not that there's anything wrong with a mildly enjoyable formulaic film, but it's not something you should go out of your way to see. I wouldn't pay to rent it (again). Check it out if you ever see it playing on TV. Some of Pryor's other films, like Brewster's Millions and Silver Streak are far more interesting.

I give the film about 66% of a U-Haul

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