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★☆☆☆☆ In an interview alongside American co-star Cameron Diaz, British Oscar-winner Colin Firth expressed that he, "felt it would be nice to do a comedy". This flavourless sentiment echoes throughout the dreary, vacuous and painfully goofy scenes of the farcical Gambit (2012). A bizarre joint venture between the acclaimed Coen brothers, who penned the screenplay, and Michael Hoffman in the director's chair, Gambit is supposed to be a light-hearted refresh of Ronald Neame's 1966 caper film, but is instead wrong-footed by daftness. Firth plays art curator Harry Deane, a pastiche of the original character played by Michael Caine back in the 60s.

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