Even though Eddie Murphy has had a great career, it’s crazy to think that this is his first Christmas movie. Candy Cane Lane, the holiday movie coming to Prime Video on December 1, is different. The new movie image shows Murphy all decked out for the holidays, ready to start the Christmas season.
The movie is Murphy’s first-holiday movie, and it also brings him back together with director Reginald Hudlin and producer Brian Grazer from the first Boomerang movie. Plus, the name of the movie comes from a real place in El Segundo, CA: Candy Cane Lane, also known as E Acacia Avenue. Based on the travel blog Listen Journey Savor, the homes in El Segundo are decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments for 70 years out of the year. This turns the neighborhood into a winter beauty. The movie is based on stories that author Kelly Younger told about his own childhood at Candy Cane Lane.
Murphy plays a man who makes a deal with an elf to win the ornamental tree contest in his neighborhood every year. Things start to go wrong, as they always do when you make a deal with an elf. Based on the official description:
This holiday comedy adventure stars Eddie Murphy as a man who wants to win the yearly Christmas home decorating contest in his neighborhood. Chris (Eddie Murphy), inadvertently makes a deal with Pepper (Jillian Bell), a naughty elf, to improve his chances of winning. Pepper then casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life and causes chaos in the town. Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three kids have to work quickly to break Pepper’s spell, fight sneaky magical beings, and save Christmas for everyone. If they fail, it could ruin the holidays for Chris’s family.
The movie also has Robin Thede, Chris Redd, D.C. Young Fly, Danielle Pinnock, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Genneya Walton, Madison Thomas, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Lombardo Boyar, Timothy Simons, Riki Lindome, and Stephen Tobolowsky in it, along with Murphy, Ross, and Bell.