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Mad Money

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2018 by Mystery Man


Bridget Cardigan is shocked to learn that she is on the verge of losing her home and comfortable upper middle class lifestyle when her husband Don is downsized from his job. Armed only with a decades old English degree and years as a dedicated mother and corporate wife, Bridget is forced into the unfamiliar labor market with no job skills. Finally, she accepts the only position she can find–janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank. The one-time suburban mom soon discovers she has more in common with her new co-workers than she thought. Bridget forges an unexpected bond with Nina, a hard-working single mom with two kids to raise, and Jackie, an exuberant free spirit with nothing to lose. Caught up in a system that underestimates their talents and keeps their dreams just out of reach, Bridget, Nina and Jackie set out to even the score. After a lifetime of playing by the rules, the three devise a plan to smuggle soon-to-be destroyed currency out of the supposedly airtight Reserve. As the unlikely crime syndicate amasses piles of cash, it looks like they have pulled off the perfect crime–until a minor misstep alerts the authorities. With more money than they know what to do with, the women are pushed to the limits of their ingenuity to stay one step ahead of the law!

What people are saying:

“Mad Money is a light and lively, likable low-tech lark. Don’t expect big laughs, but you can at least bank on it to hold your interest.” 2 1/2 stars

“Provided you can get past its improbable premise, this madcap crime caper’s trio of talented leading ladies manage to provide enough moments of mirth to make the rest of this raucous romp worthwhile.” 3 stars

“This movie was cheesey. I dont know if thats necessarily a bad thing… As always I love Queen Latifa’s performance… that woman is very likeable!!… Katie Holms was a little painful to watch, she doesnt ever convince me of her characters… and Diane Keaton was a little annoying too… the movie itself was goofy… again, not sure if thats a good or bad thing… I’d pass on it if i could have the decision over again.” 2 stars

“With an interesting idea, an okay story, a good script written by Glenn Gers, fine dialogue, a talented cast headed by Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes, Ted Danson and Christopher McDonald, exciting directing by Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise), exciting scenes and a perfect pace and flow, Mad Money will teach you how to be careful with your money but not steal it.”

“This movie is simply a light hearted romp with some very good actresses who are handicapped by a screenplay that begins very weakly. Much of that has to do with the weak plot that is rolled out in the first half of the movie. Because of the screenplay reason, this film is not able to shine as a comedy or a heist film either for that matter. The first half may easily have you going blah blah blah. The second half of the movie however improves considerably and saves it into the semi-respectible, worth your time, 3* category. I have to admit, I truly loved Katie Holmes’ role. This turns out to be a pretty good film that you can relax to because it truly requires very little mental exercise.” 4 stars


How to Steal a Million

Posted in Classics, Comedy, Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by Mystery Man


In this elegant “caper” film, Audrey Hepburn stars as the daughter of a wealthy Parisian (Hugh Griffith), whose hobby is copying famous works of art. His replica of a famed Cellini sculpture is inadvertently displayed in an art museum, and he begins to worry that he’ll lose his reputation once the experts evaluate the statuette. Audrey decides to rob the museum, and hires a burglar (Peter O’Toole) for that purpose. But the burglar is really a detective, who has every intention of arresting Audrey and her father when the deed is done.

What people are saying:

“A decent enough film, but I still can’t help but dislike Peter O’Toole for some reason. Hepburn is terrific, as usual. There isn’t much unusual in what’s going on here, but Eli Wallach’s character is a bit of an interesting character so he catches my attention when he’s on-screen.” 2 1/2 stars

“…the sort of genial, fluffy little caper flick that rarely gets made anymore, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.” 3 1/2 stars

“A charming heist movie with a handsome leading man and ever beautiful Audrey, and of course interesting plot, funny jokes and interesting supporting roles that enrich the movie.” 4 stars

“Young Peter teams up with -glamorous as always- Audrey in this romantic comedy, set in Paris and revolving around a museum heist. The characters are entertaining, the plot jolly good fun & the performances remarkable. Overall, a good film to watch on an easy-going night in.” 3 1/2 stars

“Being a huge Audrey Hepburn fan this review may be a little biased. She never ceases to amaze me with how she can be somewhat versatile in her roles without sacrificing her notable style and ethereal beauty. The film itself is quite comical, and is almost like a romantic version of Ocean’s Eleven. Good movie for fans of Audrey, or Peter.” 5 stars