When Mickey's crazy step-son Leon is killed in a construction 'accident', nobody in the working class neighborhood of God's Pocket is sorry he's gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with... See full summary »
Philip Seymour Hoffman,
10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.
Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.
In this film, "Mr. Walker" is actually seen while in Jackie Brown (1997), he is only mentioned in conversation or spoken to on the phone. In the latter he resides in Mexico not Freeport, Bahamas (though he does in the book Rum Punch). See more »
The brand of golf ball used in the Bahamas scene is "Noodle Long and Soft" which were introduced 25 years after the setting of the picture. See more »
'LIFE OF CRIME': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
Caper comedy flick based on another Elmore Leonard novel, 1978's 'The Switch'. It tells the story of two inept ex-cons that kidnap the wife of a cheating corrupt real-estate developer; who was planning to divorce his wife and (therefore) refuses to pay the ransom. The plot is very similar to the 1986 hit comedy film 'RUTHLESS PEOPLE'; which is why a film adaptation, of 'The Switch', was delayed until now. It was directed and written (for the screen) by Daniel Schechter and stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Mos Def, Tim Robbins, Will Forte, Isla Fisher and Mark Boone Junior. I found it to be really well made and slyly entertaining.
Louis Gara (Hawkes) and Ordell Robbie (Def, going by Yasiin Bey in this film) are two small-time criminals planning to kidnap the wife of a rich real-estate developer, named Frank Dawson (Robbins). Frank is unhappily married to his socialite wife, Mickey (Aniston), and has been cheating on her for some time, with a young mistress named Melanie Ralston (Fisher). When Frank is gone, for a business trip, the two ex-cons break into Mickey's house and take her. They are disappointed to learn that Frank could care less, if she lives or dies, and doesn't want to give them any money. Forte plays a married friend of Mickey's, named Marshall Taylor, who is desperately trying to have an affair with her.
The movie is funny, nicely directed and well cast; each actor is perfectly fitting to their role. As big of a star as Aniston is, I'm still surprised at how talented she is (at comedy) and it's nice to see her keep taking edgy and cleverly written roles (in films like this); rather than poorly written and clichéd rom-com fluff. I haven't seen any of Schechter's previous work but he brings a really nice, stylized touch to this film. It's not quite as good as 'JACKIE BROWN' or 'GET SHORTY' but it is one of the better Elmore Leonard film adaptations, that I've seen.
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