After his successful night club is blown to flaming bits, Pluto and his band travel across the moon looking for clues as to who is behind the arson. Along with Bruno and Dina, Pluto visits a seedy motel, his secret hide out and the casino of the most powerful man on the moon searching for the evil doer, only to find out that the destruction of his club may have been his own fault
Directed by: Ron Underwood
. Starring: Eddie Murphy
, Randy Quaid
, Rosario Dawson
, Joe Pantoliano
, Jay Mohr
, Luis Guzmán
, James Rebhorn
, Peter Boyle
, Burt Young
, Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
, Pam Grier
, John Cleese
, Victor Varnado
. Music by: John Powell
Its only problem is that it wasn't up to its high ambitions. Though I had a wonderful time with it, but I'm asking the bitter question with all of its haters: where the budget of the $100 million did go??!! The level of the movie's image was so average, ranging between the 1950s' simple space adventures and some of the 2000s' TV tawdry show Las Vegas, with some big cadres but never big action scenes! The special effects were good yet not that rich or that dazzling. The art direction was badly colored and generally poor, maybe too poor considering this atmosphere (so that budget!).
In spite of that, the script is vivacious, the soundtrack is so enjoyable, and save (Jay Mohr) the movie is fun. Some of the moments are so imaginative with really smart touches in the background (The futuristic orchestra, the noisy talking car, the outrageous cloning, etc). There is a certain childish spree all over it making it wholly like diverting comics.
Unlike the 500 million people that saw how pathetic (Randy Quaid) was, I have to disagree; the character as that creatively different sidekick, and (Quaid)'s lovely performance both were one of the movie's most memorable points. (Rosario Dawson) did it fine but she wasn't up to Eddie Murphy's charisma or talent, so away from being appealing she was so pale beside him. Although they were so laconic but I loved the cameos of (Pam Grier) and (John Cleese). (Eddie Murphy) looks in shape but he handled it moderately; he seemed not enjoying his time or exerting more efforts, it really lacked some of the (Murphy)'s moments, however his performance wasn't awful, I loved the part when he looks wordless at Mohr's character rejecting his complicated plan to sneak into the evil man's office, (Murphy) can be fabulous in silence sometimes, but originally this movie gave him not much to do whether in action or comedy, I thought this very complicated plan could've been great if they turned it into actual event, but they didn't!.
(Ron Underwood) is maybe the most unfortunate gifted director of all times, after engaging pieces at the early 1990s such as (Tremors, City Slickers, Heart and Souls) included him right in my favorite directors' list, he handled (Mighty Joe Young, Pluto Nash, Stealing Sinatra) that were one way or another a box office misfits. So he leaved (or was forced to leave) cinema to TV, just like fellows had the same talent and the same tragedy: (Judge Dredd)'s director (Danny Cannon) after (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer). Or (Terminal Velocity)'s director (Deran Sarafian) after (Terminal Velocity) itself?!. It's sad but Hollywood is ruthless.
..Speaking of which I believe the way the critics banned (TAOPN) is surely related to the fact that there must be a movie to ban every year, so when the US gross dollars are low, and someone (just someone) says: "it sucks", immediately and blindly you'd find millions of professional parrots yelling continually "Hug and Cry People!", it's the need of something to fill the Razzie nominations, where for instance some hits of the same box office or a lot of Eddie Murphy's other work deserve to be cursed for its REAL bad condition, not a peaceful comic adventure like Pluto Nash, which's more entertaining than the whole new trilogy of Star Wars at the time by the way!
P.S: I read that (Murphy) refused to promote the movie! Man.. That's something to really do with many of your other flicks, not this one!
Review by ahmed elshikh from the Internet Movie Database.