Easter Egg spotted in Eddie Murphy’s ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’
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Easter Egg spotted in Eddie Murphy's 'Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F'

Drenching Netflix subscribers in the warm and fuzzy glow of nostalgia, Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F didn’t waste any time in becoming the streaming service’s most-watched movie around the world.

The combination of a big-name star, a recognisable property, and the promise of a legacy sequel that had no intention of reinventing the wheel was always destined to be an instant smash hit on the platform, with the long-awaited fourth instalment in the action comedy series sticking to the tried-and-trusted formula.

Once again, maverick Detroit detective Axel Foley is dispatched to Beverly Hills to untangle the mystery of a case that hits close to home, in this case his daughter being threatened by nefarious forces after seeking to overturn the conviction of a cop killer. Judge Reinhold’s Billy Rosewood is of much the same mind, and his threats to expose corruption in the department lead to his mysterious disappearance.

Naturally, only Murphy’s motor-mouthed veteran is capable of cracking the case, with Axel F packed full of nods, winks, and references to the original Beverly Hills Cop trilogy that extends well beyond the returns of Murphy, Reinhold, John Ashton’s John Taggart, Paul Reiser’s Jeffrey, Bronson Pinchot’s Serge, and the classic synthesiser-heavy soundtrack that gave rise to one of the most iconic themes of the 1980s.

In one scene, Axel is being read the riot act by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Bobby Abbott, who details the character’s previous three visits to Beverly Hills. When referring to his 1994 escapades that served as the backdrop to the third movie, he glibly refers to it as “not your finest hour.”

A sly dig at the weakest Beverly Hills Cop by far, it wasn’t lost on long-time fans of the franchise that not only is the threequel the worst of the bunch, but it’s been actively disavowed by Murphy as “garbage.” Despite having John Landis at the helm and Die Hard‘s Steven E. de Souza on scripting duties, the fact it was called out in its own sequel indicates the leading man and producer’s stance hasn’t softened.

It may have only been a throwaway reference dropped into the middle of an exposition-heavy scene, but it speaks volumes to where the third chapter stands in Beverly Hills Cop canon that it was the only one indirectly singled out for any notable praise or scorn. Clearly, 30 years later, Murphy has yet to fully absolve himself of the sins committed by the terrible third film.