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Life of Crime

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05 Sep, 2014 1 hr 52 mins A
Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes
Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes
Daniel Schechter
Synopsis
The film stops short of being something truly memorable but has just the right amount of witty turns, deft plot twists, funny situations and interesting characters.
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Story: Two hustlers set out on a get-rich-quick scheme involving the kidnapping of a rich man's socialite wife followed by a fat ransom demand that they hope will net them a big cash bonanza. However, things can go wrong and indeed, they do in this comedic caper of double-crosses and deceit.

Review: Frank Dawson (Robbins) is a real estate big shot who accumulated his wealth by some questionable means. Nonetheless, he has pretty much everything in life including the trophy wife Mickey (Aniston) who is also, as mentioned earlier, a flighty socialite.

Two criminals - Louis (Hawkes) and Ordell (Bey) - who have ambitions that are higher than their cerebral capabilities decide to not only kidnap the missus and ask for a ransom, but to also blackmail him by exposing his shady business dealings.

But a spanner is thrown in the works when in a surprising turn, Frank chooses to not pay any ransom. Unknown to the crooks is that things have not exactly been good between Frank and Mickey and that the divorce he was filing for would be coming through. So what then is the need to have her back, he reasons. Besides, Frank already has moved ahead in matters of the heart and other areas, with his young mistress Melanie (Fisher).

This isn't something that Louis and Ordell factored in their plans and now, they're also lumped with Mickey and have to find a way out of the muddle. Ordell and Louis are actually pretty harmless and show a better sense of humanity than the intended target of their devious little enterprise - Frank. Aniston, however, takes the icing on this comedic cake. Her character has been fleshed out the most and keeps you engaged with the movie's narrative.

The film is adapted from Elmore Leonard's The Switch. His other movie adaptations include the Tarantino-directed Jackie Brown and Get Shorty. The film stops short of being something truly memorable but has just the right amount of witty turns, deft plot twists, funny situations and interesting characters.
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