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All About the Benjamins (2002)

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A bounty hunter chases and catches suspects all over Miami . He ends up getting shot at and start to second guess his job as a bounty hunter . While he feels he need to be making more and ... See full summary »

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Kevin Bray

Writers:

Ronald Lang, Ice Cube

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ice Cube ... Bucum
Mike Epps ... Reggie (as Michael Epps)
Tommy Flanagan ... Williamson
Carmen Chaplin ... Ursula
Eva Mendes ... Gina
Valarie Rae Miller ... Pam
Anthony Giaimo ... Martinez
Jeff Chase ... Mango
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Julian Ramose
Gino Salvano ... Mickey
Tony Ward ... TJ
Dominic Chianese Jr. Dominic Chianese Jr. ... Roscoe
Anthony Michael Hall ... Lil J
Antoni Corone ... Captain Briggs (as Antoni Cornacchione)
Bob Carter Bob Carter ... Mr. Barkley
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Storyline

A bounty hunter chases and catches suspects all over Miami . He ends up getting shot at and start to second guess his job as a bounty hunter . While he feels he need to be making more and having real money . Meanwhile Reggie Wright will soon be his next target after playing and winning the lotto at the liquor store . The two are in for a wild journey ahead of them after witnessing an attempt diamond heist. They decided to put aside the arguing and differences to recover the stones and turn in Reggie's and Gina lotto ticket . Written by ze

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Money brought them together, but millions can't make them friends. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All About the Money See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,007,291, 10 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,482,931, 19 May 2002
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Considered a loose remake of Midnight Run (1988) See more »

Goofs

When Williamson has Reggie put the two case's of money on the boat they're put in the back of the boat, but when Bucum and Williamson are fighting in the cabin one of the case's is on the counter opened. See more »

Quotes

Ursula: Do you know what he'll do when he finds out we fucked up a $20 million deal?
Reggie: [hidden in the back of a van, whispers] $20 million?
Julian Ramose: No, I have no idea what he's going to do, darling. I'm not the one who's fucking him!
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Connections

Featured in All About the Stunts (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Hi-Lo
Written by J.T. Money (as Jeffrey Thompkins), Carlos Newsome and Christopher Stewart
Performed by J.T. Money (as JT Money)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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It's all about the clichés, explosions, and mere originality as well
25 December 2010 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Though it may appear as a Friday style film, All About the Benjamins is far from the comedy franchise as possible. Instead of being a slacker, buddy comedy, it's an action cop film similar to 48 Hours or Beverly Hills Cop. It isn't necessarily bad, but it takes a path I didn't expect. How could you blame me for mistaking it was a straight forward comedy? It's in a four pack that includes all Ice Cube movies, and it stars Mike Epps as well. The same characters that portrayed Craig and Dey Dey are in a movie that is included in a Friday four pack. Can't be that far off.

Sadly, it takes the path and cliché of every cop movie out there. There's explosions, swearing, two friends, etc. It gets old very fast. There's not much new or fresh utilized here. If there is a low six star movie rating, this is the one. It's not a five star film, but it's not a seven or eight star film. It's kind of tilting on the edge.

Bucum (Cube) is a bounty hunter who's goal is to get money to open his own investigation firm. Reggie (Epps) is a con artist that somehow escaped Bucum's clutches three times. After winning big on the lottery, but losing the ticket in the back of a van with diamonds thieves, Bucum and Reggie have no choice but to work together to get the thieves and retrieve the lottery ticket so Reggie can claim his riches.

It reminds me of a film I watched not too long ago called Lottery Ticket that also stars Cube, about a young man trying to survive a weekend with a $370 million lottery ticket the whole neighborhood is aware of. The only difference is the ticket never leaves the man's possession. In this one they need to get it back.

The film has frequent chases and action moments, but I find them unappealing and just a little much. I would have liked less of the over exaggerated, played out action sequences and more of the witty dialog. Ice Cube and Mike Epps made a great duo in Next Friday and Friday After Next, and had numerous dialog scenes in the film that were utterly hilarious and clever. This film relies too much on action movie clichés, and a drawn out plot. You know they'll retrieve the ticket, and most likely fight towards the end. The suspense is none.

You may say it's my fault for comparing the film too much to Friday, but I'm not analyzing the film based on my first impression. I'm grading on behalf of the film's plot, characters action scenes, and suspense. The film had everyone of those in decent context. But so decent they were forgettable.

Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan, Carmen Chaplin, Valarie Rae Miller, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Anthony Michael Hall. Directed by: Kevin Bray.


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