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Life of Crime (2013)

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Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.



(written for the screen by), (based on the book "The Switch" written by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyra Taylor
Officer Dixon
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Pamela Taylor
Shelly Taylor
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Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.

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Right target. Wrong woman.


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 August 2014 (Bahamas)  »

Also Known As:

The Switch  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$131,422 (USA) (29 August 2014)


$261,695 (USA) (19 September 2014)

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In the behind the scenes featurette Mos Def is referred to and credited as Yassin Bey. See more »


Richard states that the Garand, Army, World War II, is German standard issue. That is wrong, the Garand was standard issue for the US Army. The next weapon he brings up is the M1 Carbine is standard issue for the US Army. This is incorrect, the M1 Carbine was a smaller more compact weapon that was issued to specialist troops, e.g. armor crewmen, and though it became popular was not standard issue for the US Army. See more »


Mickey Dawson: [talking about Melanie] She looks like a million bucks.
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References Goodfellas (1990) See more »


I Had a Feeling
Written by John Hawkes
Performed by John Hawkes
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Light but Entertaining, it Feels Insignificant Compared to its Lofty Forebearer
16 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, FL) – See all my reviews

A loose prequel of sorts for the criminal players of Jackie Brown, based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch. It's not Jackie, no two ways about it, and it's unfair to compare the two... unfair, but inevitable since they're so spiritually related. The stakes are much lower this time, with a simple kidnapping plot the main point of action and few of the deliciously tangled interwoven story lines of the Tarantino flick. In Leonard's hands that still made for a wildly entertaining read, but on the screen it feels a bit on the shallow side. This translation is missing the charm and finesse of its source material, too, and a little of that spice can really go a long way. John Hawkes manages a really convincing, greasy De Niro impression as the soft-hearted enforcer Louis, while Mos Def's take on mastermind Ordell Robbie (originally played by Samuel L. Jackson) is less indebted to his predecessor. Jennifer Aniston is good as the repressed trophy wife / tennis mom / kidnappee, but the rest of the cast just seems like they're wearing costumes and playing games. They take themselves lightly, so it's tough for me to see the situation as all that serious. It's fine, superficial at worst, but there's little wonder why it slipped under the radar without a whimper when it hit the screens a couple of years ago.

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