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Best Laid Plans (1999)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  14 May 1999 (UK)
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A seemingly simple plan to steal money goes increasingly awry.

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Nick
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Lawyer
Jonathan McMurtry ...
Vet
Terrance Sweeney ...
Priest (as Father Terrance Sweeney)
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Diner Waitress
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Bar Waitress
Owen Bush ...
Vagrant
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Roach Coach Clerk
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Barry (as Jamie Marsh)
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Recycling Owner
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Jimmy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Sean Nepita ...
Freddie
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Nick is caught in a dead end job in a dead end town. About the only thing going well for him is Lissa, his new girlfriend. A chance to make some easy cash, and a way out of town, only leads to more trouble. Also caught in the web of sex, thefts, gangsters, kidnappings and murder is Nick's college friend, Bryce. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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college | murder | money | friend | theft | See more »

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Ever feel like the world is conspiring against you... You don't have to tell me where you've been... Everyone sucks, but us... keeping a relationship alive can be murder. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,872 (USA) (10 September 1999)

Gross:

SGD 73,914 (Singapore) (5 November 1999)
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[last lines]
Nick: I thought you were leaving.
Lissa: I thought I was too. Then I realized I didn't have any money.
Nick: [chuckles] Let's walk?
Lissa: Where?
Nick: Anywhere. Away from here.
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Good, Underrated Cinema.
7 January 2001 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I just picked Best Laid Plans up at the video store simply because there was nothing that looked better. Well, even though this isn't a great film, it was probably better than all those other videos in the store that day!

Best Laid Plansd is a dark crime thriller about Nick (Alessandro Nivola) who needs to raise some cash urgently to pay off some mob debts. He enlist his girlfriend Lissa (Reese Witherspoon) to seduce an old college buddy, Bryce (Josh Brolin), out of his cash and to cry rape. However, things do not go to plan when Bryce takes Lissa hostage and asks Nick for advice on what to do.

Director Mike Barker has really gone for the Tarantino side of filmmaking, which he does impressively. Surprisingly, Best Laid Plans is actually better than some of the Quentin Tarantino projects, including Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown. It is more intriguing and clever than those two films due to an excellent screenplay and some really good performances; particularly from the rather unlikeable Alessandro Nivola and the stunning Reese Witherspoon.

Not faultless, but perfectly watchable and recommendable.

I rate Best Laid Plans 7 out of 10.


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