Eddie Murphy's 'Candy Cane Lane' Adds to 'Rotten' Run

Murphy's Latest Film Features a Festive, Chaotic Adventure.

by Nouman Rasool
Eddie Murphy's 'Candy Cane Lane' Adds to 'Rotten' Run
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In the latest cinematic release, Hollywood icon Eddie Murphy encounters another critical stumble with his holiday feature, "Candy Cane Lane." Despite the film's festive premise and a star-studded cast, it has landed a lukewarm 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

This rating continues Murphy's recent trend of films that haven't resonated well with critics, following his triumphant return in the 2019 hit "Dolemite Is My Name," which earned a soaring 97% approval. "Candy Cane Lane," released on December 1st, had fans and critics alike hopeful for a seasonal favorite.

However, the film has failed to capture the hearts of many. Critics have voiced their disappointment, describing it as "batty," "lacking in spirit," and "forgettable." Despite its ambitious attempt to stand out in the crowded holiday movie genre, the film has been critiqued for its off-beat narrative and lack of festive charm.

Star-Studded Cast

Despite these criticisms, "Candy Cane Lane" boasts an impressive ensemble, including Tracee Ellis Ross (known for "Black-ish"), Jillian Bell (of "22 Jump Street" fame), Thaddeus J. Mixson (from "Creed III"), and more.

Directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Kelly Younger, the film showcases Murphy's comedic prowess as he plays a man desperate to win a local Christmas home decoration contest. The plot thickens with the introduction of a mischievous elf, Pepper, whose magical antics bring the traditional 12 Days of Christmas to a chaotic reality.

Interestingly, not all feedback has been negative. Some critics, like Greg Archer from MovieWeb, suggest that "Candy Cane Lane" holds the potential to become a holiday favorite for certain audiences, citing its fun and inventive qualities.

James Dyer from Empire Magazine gives the film a 3/5 rating, acknowledging its creative blend of ideas that result in a unique Christmas comedy. This mixed reception places Eddie Murphy's latest endeavor in a complex light.

It juxtaposes his highest-rated work, "Dolemite Is My Name," against a string of less successful projects like "Coming 2 America" and "You People." As audiences navigate this varied landscape of Murphy's recent works, "Candy Cane Lane" emerges as a film that may not redefine the holiday movie genre but offers a unique take for viewers seeking something different this festive season.