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."