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Oddly, this movie is billed as a comedy but I think it was more of a
drama and, coincidentally, since it was a mixed mag, so is the lead
actor in here: John Cusack. He is acceptable, but nothing super.
Cusack plays an ordinary guy, "Joey Coyle," who accidentally finds a million dollars and then tries to keep it. Supposedly, it's a true story (or at least based on one.) What happens to Joey and his million bucks (which had fallen out of an armored car) is not a story of joy and happiness. That's justice, since the honorable thing would have been to turn the money in, to where it belongs, so there are moral lessons taught in this story.
What happens - a mixture of drama, comedy plus action and suspense - was pretty entertaining to watch. I wouldn't call this a "keeper," meaning a movie to buy and add to one's collection, but it's worth a rental, especially if you enjoy watching Cusack perform. I have found him to be a consistent actor. In dramas, I think Cusack can be outstanding ("The Grifters," "Eight Men Out," "Identity," etc.) but in comedies, he stinks ("Bullets Over Broadway," "The Road To Wellville," "Grosse Pointe Blank," etc.)
Also, the rest of the cast includes some real characters, many of them out of a mob movie: actors like James Gandofini, Elizabeth Bracco, Debi Mazur, Michael Rapaport, Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro, Maury Chaykin and Philip Seymour Hoffman - not exactly the kind of actors you'll see in a light, sweet comedy! Halfway through this film I wondered if the writers knew where they were going with the story. I'm not sure they knew, but at least it entertains.
"Money For Nothing" is a watchable little movie, but nothing
spectacular. How could it be really, when it's based on a premise
that's not particularly interesting in the first place? A guy finds
some money and the police is looking for the money. There you go.
The real reason to watch this is the amazing cast, which wasn't very well known yet in 1993 when this movie was made. Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro, Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini all in one movie, that's really a treat. The shining light, however, is the leading star himself. This may not be John Cusack's best movie, but it may very well be his best performance.
"Money For Nothing" suffers a bit from the fact that it can't decide whether it wants to be a drama, a crime story or a comedy. Still, it makes for an enjoyable viewing. Catch it, if it's on TV.
Joey Coyle (John Cusak) is a young man of twenty-six years old and without any perspective in life: unemployed, with basic level of instruction only. Living with his brother's family and his mother. One day, when he is coming back home with his friend Kenny Kozlowski (Michael Rapaport) after not being hired to work in the dock, he finds 1.2 million dollars that felt from an armored car. He decides to keep the money, and this is the beginning of a series of stupidities, in a true story. Being a simple man, Joey has no malicious and does not know how to handle with such amount of illegal money. This movie alternates action, comedy and drama and entertains. The cast is great. My vote is seven.
This movie made about as much money in its theatrical release as Joey Coyle found in the road. And that's a damn shame. (I was 1 of the few people who saw it the weekend it opened and closed) While it's not a great movie, there are so many talented actors in it, and the story is so sadly compelling that all I can do is say watch it.
What would you do if you'd accidentally find 1.2 million dollars? Take it, although it's illegal and the whole police will be on your trail? Or return it, get a 20.000 dollars reward, but live patiently, with no problems? That's the theme of the movie and the lucky guy that finds the money is John Cusack. Worth to watch, but still too simple plot (it's a theme that could've lead to great situations), predictable ending, poor acting and not tensed at all. Vote: 5 out of 10.
"Money for Nothing" shows us what one man did when he found that sum in the streets of South Philly and learned that "finders-keepers" is not an easy caveat to abide. A not-to-be-taken-seriously light drama full of familiar faces which rolls along with tongue-in-cheek, "Money for Nothing" makes for a fast moving sofa spud watch now on broadcast. (C+)
With the cast listed above how could you not watch? Not a great movie but very entertaining. It's easy to put yourself into the character of John Cusack. What would you do if you found 1.2 million dollars in the middle of the street? The film also does a good job of displaying the hardships of being on the run and doing and not doing the right thing. I mean towards the end I was stressed out and I was sitting in bed watching the movie. Decent flick, worth a watch for fans of any of the above talent. It's laways good to remember that movies have come along ways since the early 90's too. 6/10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The movie is based on true story (book is called Finders Keepers).
Having read the book, I was interested in seeing this one. The book's
tone was that of a light comedy.
**Possible Spoiler** Dumb crooks do stupid things which is why they get caught.
The scenery is South Philly - so you may be reminded a lot of Rocky or Invinciable. I guess it's hard to make a poor dumb guy down on his luck comedic. If the screenwriter had been able to pull it off, it would have been a much better movie. As it is, it's just OK.
The difference between this and a caper movie is the suspense that leads up to the crime. Here, it's just an accident. And believe me, the wrong guy was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The IMDb rating is accurate - somewhere between a five or six, depending on your mood or how much you like John Cusack.
John Cusack plays Joey Coyle, an unemployed man from Philadelphia who decided to try and keep a bundle of money which accidentally fell off an armored truck...one million dollars to be exact! The story, albeit true, isn't cinematically original but did have some fresh possibilities. Unfortunately, the handling here is colorless and one-dimensional, and the film is saddled with a flat conclusion. Cusack does all right, but too many of the secondary characters are saintly and rather unbelievable. The movie's chummy tone also proved to be a false front, as the life of the real Joey Coyle came to a sad, tragic end. ** from ****
Unemployed South Philadelphia dockworker John Cusack (as Joseph "Joey"
Coyle) can't even get picked for day work by his own brother James
Gandolfini (as William "Billy" Coyle). Still, he gets a tuna sandwich
to share with buddy Michael Rapaport (as Kenny Kozlowski). On the road,
the men are behind a truck when something falls out onto the street.
Thinking it might make a good tool box, Mr. Cusack stops retrieves the
container, which turns out to enclose $1.2 million...
His friend advises turning in the money for a reward, but Cusack wants it all...
A "Tareyton" smoker, Cusack would rather fight than switch. Realizing the smiling Ben Franklins need to be "laundered," Cusack brings a portion of the cash to former Catholic school classmate-turned-hood Benicio Del Toro (as Dino Palladino) and his gangster boss Maury Chaykin (as Vincente Goldoni). Cusack also finds out how easily money can get ex-girlfriend Debi Mazar (as Monica Russo) aroused. Like Dire Straits said, "Money for nothing" gets you "chicks for free."
While all of this is going on, detective Michael Madsen (as Laurenzi) is trying to find the missing money...
This is an entertaining picture by Ramon Menendez and his crew, but the winning situation (poor Philadelphia guy gets a chance to be rich) might have worked better as a drama; possibly, the project started as such and changed direction. The film begins with the dramatic phrase, "Based on a true story." This telegraphs the outcome and removes some of your investment in the lead character, unfortunately; many people (like me) being unfamiliar with the real-life Joseph John Coyle.
****** Money for Nothing (9/10/93) Ramon Menendez ~ John Cusack, Debi Mazar, Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro
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