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By Jon Stubbs
Don’t be misled by the television
commercials that advertise Eddie
Murphy’s latest movie as a comedy.
It’s not. The writers must have tried
to create a movie with a comedy and
a message, and failed miserably at
Holy Man stars the loveable neu
rotic Jeff Goldblum as Ricky, an ex
ecutive at GBSN, the Good Buy
Shopping Network. Ricky is a cun
ning and ruthless businessman that
will stop at nothing to increase sales.
Ricky’s problems start when the new
president of the station takes over and
demands that Ricky increase his sales
within two weeks or be terminated.
Working along side Ricky is his as
sistant Kate, who, of course, soon
becomes the desire of his affection.
While fixing a flat tire on the berm
of a busy Miami highway, Ricky and
Kate meet an eccentric spiritual man
known simply as G, played by Eddie
Murphy. G collapses from a heart
palpitation as he is helping the two
yuppies, and they immediately rush
him to the hospital. As one might
guess, G recuperates and is forever
indebted to them for saving his life.
And. very predictably. G becomes the
new star of GSBN and sales have
never been better.
At any given point in the film, the
audience knows what is going to hap
pen in twenty minutes. Ricky, the
protagonist, is a wealthy bachelor
who drives a sporty convertible, has
a huge beachfront condo, and has all
the women in Miami at his fingertips.
It's hard to find sympathy for him
when one busty blonde (Kate) turns
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him down. His character is nervous
and prissy, which gets very annoying.
Holy Man seems to be more of a
commercial itself than a form of en
tertainment. Plugs for products such
as Coca-Cola, Jaguar Automobiles and
the omnipresent Adidas are more
present in the film than is comedy.
G’s character doesn’t seem to ma
ture by the end of the movie. All the
viewer knows is that he’s a weird guy
When Eddie Murphy s not
funny, there’s a serious
problem with the script.
on a spiritual pilgrimage. There’s no
insight into his past, which must be a
desperate attempt by the writer to
make G even more mysterious and
unusual. G’s history could have been
used to give the audience a taste of
plot, so they could remember what real
entertainment is like. Eddie Murphy’s
tiny bits of comic relief are few and
far between throughout the film. And
when Eddie Murphy’s not funny,
there's a serious problem with the
This movie was a complete waste
of film. The comedy is so dilute and
so sparse that one would be more en
tertained by sitting on a bus stop bench
and just waiting for something to hap
pen. Holy Man deserves only a half
of a star because Betty White utters
the line, “I’ve made love three times
today,” in the film. Now that’s funny.
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Behrend student Trista Rupp has
put her life on hold. The question is
how long she is willing to do it.
Rupp and three others are partici
pating in a contest called “Live in it
to win it.” If she can stay in a 1998
Volkswagen Beetle the longest, then
she will drive it home.
“I want it so bad, and I really could
use it,” Rupp said of the car she has
spent the last 22 days in. “My Jeep
has 118,000 miles on it, and it’s ready
Rupp is a 26 year-old senior, and
is currently enrolled in five classes
totaling fifteen credits.
She was able to work out special
arrangements with her professors to
make up for her not being in class.
She has all her syllabi and has class
mates helping her.
“Nobody, including myself, knew
how long this might last. People stop
by on the weekends, get my stuff, and
type it out for me to turn it in on
Monday,” Rupp said. “I hate to miss
all those classes, but on the other hand
I don’t want to get out.”
The contest is being sponsored by
Star 104, and is taking place at Tin
seltown on upper Peach Street.
Star 104’s president, Richard
Rambaldo, donated the car and inter
viewed the contestants.
“Trista is a character. She has a
colorful personality, which is good
for this situation,” Rambaldo said.
“It’s a great car. and it’s a great op
portunity for these contestants."
Rupp concurred, “It’s loaded. The
only thing it doesn’t have is heated
seats, and it gets 45 miles to the gal
lon! That would be great for hauling
my kids around.”
Rupp has two children, a three
year-old and a five-year old, both
girls. She wasn’t sure how they
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it to win it” contest
would handle this experience
“I tried to prep them for it. I told
them, Tm going to try and win this
car,’ but they really didn’t get it at
first,” Rupp explained. “I brought
them down to see it, and they thought
it was cool.
“Just when I was worried that this
might be psychologically damaging,
they come down, say ‘Hi’ and go play
the arcade games. I think that they’re
Her mother has been watching her
girls, and brings them down daily to
The contestants get one fifteen
minute break every three hours, and
a half-hour break at eleven at night.
Rupp can visit with her family, have
a smoke break, and use the bathroom.
“You have to pace your drinking.
Behrend senior Trista Rupp gives a big smile as she spends her 20th day in photo by Andrea Za ffino
a Volkswagen Beetle at Tinseltown Theatres on Peach Street.
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If you drink too much and have to go
to the bathroom, you have to wait it
out,” Rupp stated
Another drawback to the contest is
the smell left in the vehicle from an
“It still smells like feet in here,” she
said, because she unwittingly brought
a pair of shoes a cat had urinated on.
Since rules prohibit passing anything
in or out of the car, she was stuck with
them for three hours.
Rupp went on to describe another
unpleasant episode. “I ate a couple of
bean burritos with extra hot sauce to
try and force everyone out of the car.
Instead I got real sick, and nobody
“The worst part about it is just be
ing stuck in the car, but I guess that’s
the whole point anyway,” she added.
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Rupp said that she gets mixed re
actions from people who see them.
“Some people say ‘That’s cool, go
for it,’ and others say ‘What a waste
of time.’ I just ask them what kind of
car they drive.”
She continued, “Kids are cute.
They think we’re starving in here.
One girl dropped off Snowcaps for
us, and another girl brought in breath
mints because she thought we might
Rupp and the others rotate seats
every night at nine. “The driver’s
seat is definitely the most comfort
able, because it has the most leg
"I certainly hope that's where I’ll
be sitting when this is all said and