An update of the 1977 comedy, Dick and Jane are living the good life. That is until Dick (Jim Carrey) loses his job shortly after getting a promotion that convinced his wife Jane (Téa Leoni) to quit her job. The money is gone, and the house ends up in foreclosure. Dick decides to turn to a hilarious life of crime to pay the bills with his lovely wife by his side. Then together they decide it's ... See full summary »
Lawrence and Freddie are con-men; big-time and small time respectively. They unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this town (on the French Mediterranean coast) aint big... See full summary »
Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.
When petty thief Cosimo is given the plan for the perfect heist from a lifer in prison - the kind of job you dream about - he has to get out of jail, fast. But with Cosimo stuck in the ... See full summary »
William H. Macy
Failed parole officer Simon Garden (Coogan) is framed for a murder committed by one of Manchester's leading police constables. The only evidence proving his innocence is a CCTV video tape locked inside a bank vault. With the help of four inept ex-criminals and token love interest Emma (Lena Headey), Garden must break into the bank and steal the CCTV footage in order to clear his name. Written by
Despite the title of the film, Simon Garden is portrayed and referred to as a Probation Officer throughout, which is the correct title for his job in both UK and US law. See more »
The ring in the model pig's nose changes from horizontal to vertical before and after the pig is cut in half. The blade would otherwise have had to cut through the ring, which is intact throughout. See more »
[at Victor's grave]
Sarah, Victor's Wife:
After he worked with you he tried to give up his life of crime. He channelled his interests into amateur dramatics. One night he sneaked off to do the safe at Jackson's - you know, the food-processing plant? Two days later, one of the machines was playing up. They reckon he must have fallen into the mincer.
Sarah, Victor's Wife:
By that stage the order's already gone out. They tried to recall them, but all they got back was half-a-dozen pies and a couple of pasties.
And is that what's...
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During the first part of the credits there is footage showing the cast dancing to "Heroes" by David Bowie See more »
Performed by Supertramp
Written by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies
Used by kind permission of Rondor Music (London) Ltd /
Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of A&M Records/Polydor UK Ltd
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing division, part of the Universal Music Group See more »
Well, I hope Partridge isn't dead, but if he is, don't worry because Steve Coogan has created a gem of a movie.
The part Steve plays is not so much of a caricature as Partridge but that doesn't matter. Simon Garden, 'The Parole Officer' of the title is both likeable and irritating, stupid yet somehow wise. So lets forget about Partridge for now and concentrate on the matter at hand.
This film was great, I thoroughly enjoyed it. What makes this film so great is the writing, the directing, the producing, the editing, the acting, the dolly grips, the tea boy etc etc. I think you catch my drift. This is a first-rate piece of entertainment AND it is funny. At this point I quickly rush to the thesaurus to find other words to use rather than 'funny'. There are 22 in my cheap thesaurus and they all apply to this hilarious offering (hilarious is NOT one of the 22 - that one is all my own work).
So, go and watch it ensuring you don't read too many reviews first. Indeed, one of the comments appearing on this site gives far too much away for my liking and may spoil some scenes for you (don't you just hate it when you're telling a joke and a bystander jumps in with the punchline the millisecond before your moment of truth!).
If you enjoy it as much as myself and my partner (and the rest of the audience at the cinema we attended) then you will have a great night out. Enjoy!
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