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Best Laid Plans (1999)

A seemingly simple plan to steal money goes increasingly awry.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick
... Lissa
... Bryce
... Lawyer
Jonathan McMurtry ... Vet
... Priest (as Father Terrance Sweeney)
... Diner Waitress
... Bad Ass Dude
... Bar Waitress
Owen Bush ... Vagrant
... Roach Coach Clerk
... Barry
... Recycling Owner
... Jimmy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Sean Nepita ... Freddie
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Storyline

Bryce (Josh Brolin) is a successful man who returns to his tiny hometown for a visit. While there, he runs into his old friend Nick (Alessandro Nivola). The two decide to go out for the night. When they enter a bar, Bryce encounters Kathy (Reese Witherspoon), a blonde temptress whom he eventually takes home for the night. When he awakens, Kathy informs him that she is underage and threatens to tell the police that Bryce has committed statutory rape. Bryce panics and decides to tie her up and hide her away in the basement. He then makes a call to Nick. Unbeknownst to Bryce, Kathy is actually Nick's girlfriend Lissa. The two had schemed to use Bryce's money to pay off a $15,000 debt they owe small-time hood Jimmy (Terrence Howard). Written by lament

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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14 May 1999 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,872, 12 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,651, 19 September 1999
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Quotes

Nick: We're fucked.
Lissa: You're telling me.
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Referenced in Everwood: Best Laid Plans (2004) See more »

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You Must Be An Angel
Written by John Morton and Jim Wolfe
Courtesy of Three Under Music
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Letdown
9 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Like the title might suggest, I'm sure there were some great ideas behind this movie, but they got lost trying to come together. It's a fairly watchable thriller for most of the running time, mostly due to Nivola and Witherspoon giving muted performances. But the problem with this kind of thing is that it just isn't clever enough to really outsmart the audience. It isn't necessarily that you know what's coming, but the fact that you know SOMETHING is coming, some kind of twist, that it has to be pretty off the wall to take you in. Unfortunately, here the movie plunges into farce and it's a let down after an often tense, and well calculated build-up.

Still, Nivola is always nice to watch :-)


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