I actually am old enough to answer that question, sadly enough. He went from making great and fun 80s comedies (with even action thrown in) to slumming it in family movies. Although I will admit that he wisely choose the Shrek series, even though only the first two of those movies were any good. Spike TV recently paid homage to Murphy, and I imagine most of the clips screened were from movies he made prior to 1997, save for Shrek. How depressing.
Regardless Beverly Hills Cop (1984) was one of the few remaining 80s comedies I hadn’t seen yet. Well that was quickly rectified thanks to Netflix Instant Viewing, which also has the second Beverly Hills Cop movie, too. Judge Reinhold is even in this plus it has a fantastically dated soundtrack, so naturally this movie is pure 80s awesome. You really can’t go wrong with a film this entertaining or funny, and while I doubt the other movies following it are as good, I’m still going to check them out anyways. All Hail 80s Eddie Murphy.