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Best Laid Plans (1999)

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A seemingly simple plan to steal money goes increasingly awry.



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Diner Waitress
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Recycling Owner
Jimmy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
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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 <>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 May 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£259,221 (UK) (14 May 1999)


SGD 73,914 (Singapore) (5 November 1999)

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Bryce: She's sixteen. I mean, what 21-year-old carries around a fake ID saying she's 16? The girl downstairs is 16. Sixteen! I mean, it doesn't matter if she said no. It doesn't matter if she screamed yes, and had a notary public certify it; she's underage! It's statutory! If she presses charges, I will go to jail!
Nick: So I guess a second date's out of the question, then, huh?
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A smart, entertaining movie
7 September 2000 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This was a pleasant surprise. I really didn't know what to expect, but what I got was a very intelligent movie with more than enough twists and turns to keep things rather unpredictable. It took a little too long to get everything set up properly, and it perhaps had one twist too many, but overall, it was a great film with strong performances by Alessandro Nivola and Reese Witherspoon. Definitely worth checking out.

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