(The Root) — When we’re commemorating the decades-long anniversaries of TV shows and films, it’s always fun and important to remember the moments, characters and quotes that make those works of art stand the test of time. Here at The Root, we’ve marked anniversaries of The Cosby Show, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever and She’s Gotta Have It, among others.
This time we take a moment to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Boomerang, which was released the first weekend of July 1992. Eddie Murphy played Marcus Graham, the hip, high-powered ad exec with a sexual bravado that could not be matched. That is, until he met Jacqueline Broyer (Robin Givens), a beautiful woman who knew what she wanted — and how to get it — from a man. The film’s all-star lineup is rounded out with Halle Berry, who, at the time, was playing second fiddle to Givens; and Marcus’ best friends, Tyler (Martin Lawrence) and Gerard (David Alan Grier).
Here are 10 of the funny and emotional moments that have made this comedy a classic. From the bromance among Murphy, Grier and Lawrence to Marcus’ sexual conquest of a puppy-loving lady with “hammer time” in her shoes to witnessing Eartha Kitt lure Mr. Graham into her boudoir at Lavender Hill, Boomerang was filled with several unforgettable scenes.
Take a look at a few of our favorites below. And since the movie is so quotable, tweet us your favorite lines @TheRoot247 with the hashtag #Boomerang20.
1. A Dog Searches for His Dog
Marcus is definitely quick on his feet. Within seconds of spotting a beautiful woman, he gets a dog leash, puts on a puppy-dog face and calls for his imaginary dog, Kirby. Christy, Lela Rochon’s character, fresh from head to toe in white, with her hair blowing in the breeze, can’t help taking pity on him and giving up the digits when she sees he’s so upset about Kirbster.
2. Jacked-Up Feet Are a Deal Breaker
Marcus is a perfectionist when it comes to his women, from their head all the way down to their toes. He didn’t seem to have a foot fetish per se, but when he discovers Christy’s corn-covered toes, he carefully slips right out of her sheets.