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Life of Crime (2013)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  29 August 2014 (Bahamas)
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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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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.

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Comedy | Crime

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

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$261,695 (USA) (19 September 2014)
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"Wanna fuck?" Melanie says same thing to Louis in Jackie Brown (1997). See more »

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The movie opens as Detroit 1978 although the newspaper front pages throughout the movie are from February 1977. The vehicle license plates appeared to be 1979 and not the Bicentennial license plates that were valid from 1976 through 1978. See more »

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Mickey Dawson: [talking about Melanie] She looks like a million bucks.
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20 September 2014 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Checked "Life of Crime" in Amsterdam and loved it, as did most of the audience... Unlike many of the reviewers here, who may have gone in expecting something different.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def and Tim Robbins, "Life of Crime" is NOT a romantic comedy or straight crime story. Rather, it is an Elmore Leonard-derived caper tale set in the late 70s, with the soundtrack and mustaches to match. Staying true to the author's ethos, the dialog is smart, the jokes are hilarious in quite subtle ways, and the storyline gently bends until the protagonists end up in an entirely different place than they were planning to.

Actors usually love doing Leonard scripts - he prefers to let mouths do the talking, not fists - and the cast pretty much nails it here. I loved Mos Def, Isla Fisher and Robbins in particular, but it is Aniston who steals the show. All those years post-Rachel, her comedic timing is still impeccable, and she still has the capacity to get you to care for her, even when cast as a hopeless housewife.

The verdict: I thought "Life of Crime" was just as enjoyable as other recent Elmore Leonard adaptations (that had way bigger budgets and box office mojo): Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" and Soderbergh's "Out of Sight", and would recommend "Life of Crime" especially to people who loved the latter.


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