Stripes has its moments as a military based Animal House, but the anti-authority bent doesn't have enough bite coming from Ivan Reitman.
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Cleverly set up and consistently entertaining, Beverly Hills Cop ranks as one of the best of its kind while smartly mixing cross-country cultures.
Energized by Eddie Murphy, Beverly Hills Cop entertains while simultaneously bringing the '80s inequality into the story.
Full of the same energy and wit, Beverly Hills Cop II loses only the lightest subtext in exchange for more (and bolder) action.
Eddie Murphy returns as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop III, but this is an entirely different Foley - and hardly entertaining as a result.
Bringing Christmas spirit to a cold, corporate world, The Santa Clause brings gooey sentimentality to a family story, but that works in context.
With more energy and brazen story ideas, Santa Clause 2 isn't a great movie, but embraces escapism to tell a unique Christmas tale.
The better of the two sequels, The Santa Clause 3 brings the series' themes to a proper close, even if the humor only rises to a sitcom level.
This is a classic, not just of the '80s, but of all time.