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Written and directed by New Orleans filmmaker Sean Gerowin, "Let's Rob
the Cheese Shop" is the story of three college students and their
foolproof plan to take mad cheddar from a local muenster merchant.
Along the way, however, things don't go exactly as planned.
The movie starts by introducing us to college buddies Alex and Vance. Alex is the square, buttoned-up nice guy and Vance is the outgoing, slackerific ladies man, albeit with a bit of a drug problem. To be honest, Vance reminded me of a cross between Jay from the Kevin Smith movies and Jim Morrison of The Doors. He also reminded me of a few friends I've had through the years minus the coke habit.
Like most college students, Alex, Vance, and their friend Daphne are broke. Apparently between the three of them, they have just enough money to buy Bonnaroo tickets. Unfortunately, only one of them has a job. So, again like most college students, they start brainstorming on how to make some quick cash. Although they first consider robbing a bank, the idea is quickly tossed aside for a more practical notion: to rob Daphne's workplace the local cheese shop.
With everyone finally on board, the three friends begin to calculate and contemplate, hypothesize and strategize, and dream and scheme how to make the plan a success. Of course, they don't consider what would happen if they got busted, or if Daphne lost her job (which she is shown to be not very good at, by the way), but such is the innocence of youth.
Speaking of innocence (or lack thereof), while the friends are contriving their nefarious plot, we learn that Vance and Daphne used to be lovers and now Alex has a crush on Daphne. This sets off a continuous backstory of love, lust, and why girls don't like "nice guys".
Slowly but surely the scheme starts to disintegrate. Some people get cold feet, some people start thinking with their heart instead of their brain, and still others choke down handfuls of random pills, making them completely useless as a potential accomplice.
Before the plan goes completely up in smoke, however, Vance meets the woman of his dreams. And she is not the kind of woman to keep him on the straight and narrow either. Quite the opposite. She is the cowgirl from Hades and just the inspiration Vance needs to dust off the friends' scheme and attempt to be Clyde to his new love's Bonnie.
Will he succeed? Will the cheese shop be robbed? Will Alex get lucky? For the answer, you have to see the movie.
Overall, I really enjoyed "Let's Rob the Cheese Shop". It's a fun movie that definitely brought back memories of wild and crazy college days. There is no doubt "Let's Rob the Cheese Shop" lives up to its claim of containing "a fair amount of Sex, Drugs, & Cheese". It was definitely funny, although some of the humor was very subtle like when Alex attempts to get close to Daphne and she repeatedly slides away. Finally, as the movie was filmed in New Orleans, there is plenty of good music and, of course, lots of drinking.
Every character in this movie reminds me of someone I went to school
with. The story builds up slowly with the initial 'brilliant idea' to
rob the cheese shop being planned at the main three characters' school
- a scene that many of us have played out with our friends in college
(and we also believed we were genius).
The tempo of anxieties and bacchanal behavior increases and increases as Vance, Alex, and Daphne weave their way through the night in New Orleans, picking up a key character along the way, April.
The final scene is a fabulous crescendo of all the events leading up to it. This is definitely a must see to anyone who has ever made a far fetched plan to get rich quick, or just been to college.
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