Like most everyone else, I actively disliked The Distinguished Gentleman back upon its original release. I've become strangely fascinated with Eddie Murphy's career as of late though, and after a rewatch I'm happy to say that this is actually pretty entertaining.
Removed from the context of the politics of the early 90s (boy have things changed), there's a quaint charm to the proceedings here as con man Murphy runs for Congress, wins, then develops a conscience. The reasons for his third act motivational shift aren't really well thought out -- it's a whole slew of things that all just kind of conveniently come together -- but Murphy's enthusiasm for the role sure goes a long way in making this work. The solid supporting cast, including damn near every old doughy white guy you can think of from around this time, is a plus.