Eddie Murphy and family friendly comedies go hand-in-hand, but one thing the comedian has never done? A holiday movie. How is that even possible? Well, all of that changes this season with Prime Video’s Candy Cane Lane, continuing Murphy’s relationship with the streamer that began with Coming 2 America.
Not only is this Murphy’s first Christmas movie, it’s also a reunion with director Reginald Hudlin and producer Brian Grazer, the team behind his 1992 rom-com classic, Boomerang. And who doesn’t love Boomerang?
Anyway, in Candy Cane Lane, a husband and father who goes overboard in trying to win the neighborhood Christmas decoration contest, much to the chagrin of his family. When he and his daughter discover a very special Christmas store, his wish for victory is granted by a mischievous elf played by Jillian Bell, who brings the “12 Days of Christmas” to chaotic life.
Murphy is joined in the cast by Tracee Ellis Ross, Nick Offerman, Chris Redd, Ken Marino, and Robin Thede.
Here’s the synopsis: Eddie Murphy stars in this holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris (Eddie Murphy) inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters, and save Christmas for everyone.
Candy Cane Lane brings holiday cheer to Prime Video on December 1st.