Murphy Lemon to Be Released Quietly

The Adventures of Pluto Nash, a comedy starring Eddie Murphy as a nightclub owner on the moon, will open Friday without advance critics' screenings -- a move studios generally resort to when they anticipate terrible reviews.

Directed by Ron Underwood (City Slickers) more than two years ago, the $80 million production was originally scheduled to open in April 2001. 

It was then postponed to January 2002, then again to this April -- when the studio, Warner Bros., decided instead to release another Murphy flop, Showtime

Now Pluto Nash is finally hitting screens in mid-August, a traditional graveyard for studio mistakes. 

A reviewer for the aintitcoolnews Web site, who saw the film at a screening in January, complained about "lame action and almost no laughs."

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