Bingo. To me, things started going downhill when he did The Nutty Professor, Dr Dolittle, things got worse with Pluto Nash and to top it all off he did The Haunted House which was just ghastly
If you watch some of his older stuff (Beverly Hills Cop, 48 hrs, or even better, his standup comedy shows) you go WHAT WERE THEY THINKING.
Strange thing is, that he is currently the funniest in the movies where he doesn't need to act at all (Shrek)
Actually the start of his downward slide began w the romantic comedy boomerang. Having said that I like some of his family comedies (nutty professor, dolittle, and daddy day care) but the edgy, comedian Eddie murphy who made jokes about a gay mr T, the ice cream truck and endless black jokes, is long gone. Accept it and move on folks.
What puzzles me is most of the ppl here are in their 20s and most of his best stuff was from the early 80s when most of you were barely walking and talking, how did you get into his classic movies when they were a little befre your time?