Caren Weiner Campbell
May 21, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Holy Man

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Jeff Goldblum, Eddie Murphy, Kelly Preston
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D

This time out, Eddie Murphy is his own Golden Child — a mysterious mystic known only as G — who encounters a stressed-out careerist (Goldblum) and his colleague (Preston). Before long, G has launched the two on a love affair and saved their floundering home-shopping network. Is he a miracle worker or a charlatan? Though director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland’s Opus) dresses up his formulaic film as a satire on consumerism, the gags in Holy Man are heavy-handed and Murphy’s beatific role forces him to downplay his mischievous charm. You’ll get more of a guffaw at the source: the glitzy, breathless, practically self-parodying shopping channels of real-life TV. D

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