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Best Laid Plans (1999)

A seemingly simple plan to steal money goes increasingly awry.

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Lawyer
Jonathan McMurtry ...
Vet
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Roach Coach Clerk
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Barry
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Recycling Owner
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Jimmy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Sean Nepita ...
Freddie
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Bryce (Josh Brolin) is a successful man who returns to his tiny hometown for a visit. While there, he runs into his old friend Nick (Alessandro Nivola). The two decide to go out for the night. When they enter a bar, Bryce encounters Kathy (Reese Witherspoon), a blonde temptress whom he eventually takes home for the night. When he awakens, Kathy informs him that she is underage and threatens to tell the police that Bryce has committed statutory rape. Bryce panics and decides to tie her up and hide her away in the basement. He then makes a call to Nick. Unbeknownst to Bryce, Kathy is actually Nick's girlfriend Lissa. The two had schemed to use Bryce's money to pay off a $15,000 debt they owe small-time hood Jimmy (Terrence Howard). Written by lament

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college | murder | money | friend | theft | See All (144) »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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14 May 1999 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£259,221 (UK) (14 May 1999)

Gross:

$25,651 (USA) (17 September 1999)
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Nick: We're fucked.
Lissa: You're telling me.
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Twisted Mess
Written by Neneh Cherry, Craig Armstrong, Cameron McVey and Paul Simm
Performed by Neneh Cherry
Produced by Cameron McVey and Paul Simm
Neneh Cherry performs couresty of Circa Records Ltd.
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Surprisingly good.
7 January 2005 | by (Riga, Latvia) – See all my reviews

When I decided to see the movie, I didn't expect much of it, not more than a level of an usual Saturday night entertainment. But to my surprise, the movie, which first appeared to be a usual sentimental love story, evolved into a decent thriller. Directing is very good at this point, characters are quite "fresh", especially the drug dealer with the knowledge of the theory of economics. Actors also do a good job, especially Reese Witherspoon, although she doesn't get as much screen time as Nivola, her presence can be felt. The plot has some very unexpected turns, which make it very good, and the script is also above average. I give it 7/10, not a masterpiece, but some good entertainment.


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