6.2/10
6,782
72 user 54 critic

Best Laid Plans (1999)

A seemingly simple plan to steal money goes increasingly awry.

Director:

Mike Barker

Writer:

Ted Griffin

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Freeway (1996)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A twisted take on "Little Red Riding Hood", with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker travelling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer and pedophile.

Director: Matthew Bright
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Bokeem Woodbine
Overnight Delivery (Video 1998)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man suspects his girlfriend of being unfaithful. So he sends her a letter, but then finds out that he was wrong. He has twenty-four hours to stop the package, prevent a disaster, and fall... See full summary »

Director: Jason Bloom
Stars: Paul Rudd, Christine Taylor, Reese Witherspoon
Fear (1996)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.

Director: James Foley
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen
Jack the Bear (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Danny DeVito is John Leary, a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys. Loving, but useless at the daily job of fathering, the ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Herskovitz
Stars: Danny DeVito, Gary Sinise, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.
Twilight (1998)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A retired detective accepts a simple task, unaware that it will tear open old, forgotten, but deadly wounds.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman
S.F.W. (1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.

Director: Jefery Levy
Stars: Stephen Dorff, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Busey
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A coming of age story set in the south of the U.S. when Elvis was King.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland
Election (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

CIA guy and IRA guy reluctantly team up to catch IRA guy's rogue brother.

Director: James Brolin
Stars: Jennie Garth, James Brolin, Patrick Foy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.

Director: Roger Kumble
Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandro Nivola ... Nick
Reese Witherspoon ... Lissa
Josh Brolin ... Bryce
Gene Wolande ... Lawyer
Jonathan McMurtry Jonathan McMurtry ... Vet
Terrance Sweeney ... Priest (as Father Terrance Sweeney)
Rebecca Klingler ... Diner Waitress
Rocky Carroll ... Bad Ass Dude
Kate Hendrickson ... Bar Waitress
Owen Bush Owen Bush ... Vagrant
Jesse Woodrow ... Roach Coach Clerk
Jamie Marsh ... Barry
Michael McCleery ... Recycling Owner
Terrence Howard ... Jimmy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Sean Nepita Sean Nepita ... Freddie
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ever feel like the world is conspiring against you... You don't have to tell me where you've been... Everyone sucks, but us... keeping a relationship alive can be murder. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El engaño See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,872, 12 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,651, 19 September 1999
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[last lines]
Nick: I thought you were leaving.
Lissa: I thought I was too. Then I realized I didn't have any money.
Nick: [chuckles] Let's walk?
Lissa: Where?
Nick: Anywhere. Away from here.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains some deleted scenes:
  • Alternate Opening Titles featuring a vagrant named Cal, riding a bicycle decorated with recycling goods.
  • At the pool Nick and Bryce discuss what to do with Lissa.
  • Cal collects some tins.
  • Nick and Lissa sell the belongings of Nicks's deceased father.
  • An extended version of the scene where Nick and Lissa plan to leave Tropico. Here Lissa tells Nick that she wants to get out at all cost.
  • A longer version of the scene on the roof of the hotel which fleshes out Lissa's devotion to Nick.
  • An extended version of the scene where Nick and Lissa plan the robbery.
  • Nick kills some time, buys some cigarettes and inadvertently starts the bush fire.
  • An alternate ending which is not as clearly positive as in the final film, but is instead "hopeful".
See more »

Connections

References Tricky Business (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel
Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall), Andrew Vowles and Horace Andy
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Circa Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Virgin Records America, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Middle of the Road

The only reason I watched this is because my girlfriend threatened me to. This is movie is sooo desperate to be a post modern crime thriller that it looks and feels so relentlessly superficial.

Most scenes are decked out in unpleasant pastel colors and interiors are always lit with warm lights. It's nice to look at but has a student filmmaking feel to it that distracts me.

Something else that is quite unreal is the scene in which Nivola and Witherspoon discuss their forthcoming crime...on a roof in front of a neon sign on a sofa. Yeah...like people keep sofas on roofs in front of neon signs. This was obviously an attempt by the director to add a little sparkle to an otherwise BORING scene. Which is also the reason he throws in some cliched camera angles. It's a "film noir" you see...so diagonal shots on an ordinary scene are standard.

Composer Craig Armstrong was obviously hired at the last minute when the director heard the score for Romeo and Juliet to provide a superficial (that word again) soundtrack. It sounds like it belongs in a totally different movie. But perhaps this is a good thing. There isn't much theme but the music does evoke some weird feelings from us. Much like the feelings the characters have. It's cool and I wish more scores were this way.

The "twist" wasn't too obvious to me. Once it occurs it takes away all the tension and stress right away and will relieve you big time. It even manages to change the tone of the whole movie to light-hearted.

In case your wondering my girlfriend lists this as number 2 in her top 3 movies. Number 1 is Devils Advocate and 3 is Moonwalker...ugh!


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 72 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed