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What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 1 June 2001 (USA)
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A rich man catches a thief burglarizing his home and steals the thief's lucky ring, who then tries to get it back.

Director:

Sam Weisman

Writers:

Donald E. Westlake (novel), Matthew Chapman (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Lawrence ... Kevin Caffery
Danny DeVito ... Max Fairbanks
John Leguizamo ... Berger
Glenne Headly ... Gloria Sidell
Carmen Ejogo ... Amber Belhaven
Bernie Mac ... Uncle Jack
Larry Miller ... Earl Radburn
Nora Dunn ... Lutetia Fairbanks
Richard Schiff ... Walter Greenbaum
William Fichtner ... Detective Alex Tardio
Ana Gasteyer ... Ann Marie
Sascha Knopf ... Tracey Kimberly
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Edwina (as Siobhan Fallon)
GQ ... Shelly Nix
Lenny Clarke ... Windham
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Storyline

Thief Kevin Caffery attempts to rob from the home of rich businessman Max Fairbanks. But Fairbanks catches him and steals his cherished ring that his girlfriend gave him. Caffery is then bent on revenge and getting his ring back with the help of his partners. Written by Andrew L.

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Taglines:

It takes a thief to nail a crook.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daha Kötüsü Olamaz See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,049,114, 3 June 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,095,318, 5 August 2001
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Earl Radburn says "...if they could find a certain blue dress..." He is obviously referencing to Monica Lewinsky's blue dress. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Kevin tosses the ring away, but in the next shot when he kisses his girlfriend, the ring is still visible on his finger. See more »

Quotes

Gloria: Tread a level course.
Max Fairbanks: What did the Boston Times call me?
Gloria: The Dark Prince of Plunder.
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Featured in Scene Stealers (2002) See more »

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In-A-Zone Drama
Written and Performed by Meech Wells and Keith Clark
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Admittedly silly, but a lot of fun

People rag on What's The Worst That Could Happen all the time. Let em, and screw em while we're at it. Implausible? Yes. Silly? Yup. Ridiculous? Oh yes. Funny? You bet your ass. It's one of those lighthearted Martin Lawrence comedies like Blue Streak or National Security, tripping along an alleyway of lowbrow humour and bawdy antics that you just can't stay mad at, like a friend who does something really dumb and follows up with something that cracks a grin on your face. Lawrence also has the luck to be paired with Danny Devito here, who is funny even when he isn't trying to be. Lawrence plays Kevin, a cocky cat burglar who bungles the wrong dude when he breaks into the not so vacant summer home of sleazy billionaire Max Fairbanks (Devito). Max catches him red handed, holds him at gunpoint and convinces the cops that a family heirloom ring on Kevin's finger is part of the stolen goods, adding insult to arrest. That dick move launches an ego fuelled battle of wills as these two morons find more and more elaborate ways to incite each other's wrath. They each have a little armada who back them up when they aren't questioning their every idiotic movie. Kevin has his gorgeous girlfriend (Carmen Ejogo has sadly made a career of being underused), his partner Berger (John Leguizamo plays around with accents like you ain't never seen) who is the Dumber to his Dumb, and his sassy handler (Bernie Mac). Max is hounded by his witchy wife (Nora Dunn), shunned by his much abused attorney (a dry, delightful Richard Schiff), pawned over by his mistress (Glenne Headly) and secretly lusted for by his chief of security (you haven't lived until you've seen Larry Miller do his thang here). Max and Kevin are engaging arch enemies, with Lawrence mugging for face time a tad too much, and Devito perfectly settled into his shtick as always. I must make note of probably the best performance of the film, from William Fichtner as a flamboyantly gay police detective who hounds all parties involved. He's one part frightening with a side of classy charm, subverting his usual weirdo tough guy image for something even weirder and totally out there. Watch for Lenny Clarke and Siobhan Hogan as as pair of squabbling fellow burglars, and work from Cam Neely, Kevin Chapman and Garry Shandling as well. It's a screwball caper. I love it. Many don't. They can suck it. Check 'er out and make up your own mind.


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