Eddie Murphy's Dolemite Is My Name, Mrs. Fletcher: What to Watch this Weekend

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Dolemite Is My Name

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on Netflix

Last seen on the big screen in 2016’s Mr. Church, Eddie Murphy steps into the shoes of Rudy Ray Moore in this biopic, telling the story of the trailblazing comedian who created one of the more bizarre personas of the blaxploitation era: Dolemite, an expletive-spewing pimp character Moore invented as a comic and brought to the big screen in 1975. Dolemite, the movie, was made for peanuts, starred many of Moore’s pals, and was written off as a total mess by critics — but it somehow spawned sequels and became a cult phenomenon for its raunchy ghetto humor and brazen tackiness. “He f—ing believes in himself, and that’s why his stuff works,” Murphy says of Moore, whom the actor got to meet with about the project before his death in 2008. “I thought the whole idea of ‘You don’t have to be brilliant to get your s— off, you just have to believe in it’ was a universal and timeless story.” —Derek Lawrence

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