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Stark Raving Mad (2002)

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A crook quietly plots his revenge against the boss who murdered his brother while working for him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seann William Scott ... Ben McGewan
Timm Sharp ... Rikki Simms
Patrick Breen ... Jeffrey Jay
John B. Crye ... Jake Nealson (as John Crye)
Suzy Nakamura ... Betty Shin (as Suzi Nakamura)
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Gregory
Dave Foley ... Roy
Kavan Smith ... Michael Frakes
Paul Hungerford ... Scott
Monet Mazur ... Vanessa
Jody Racicot ... D.J.
Terry Chen ... Jin Sun
Yee Jee Tso ... Chan - Gang Member #1
Ty Olsson ... Nate - Goon
Carl McDonald Carl McDonald ... Mitchell - Trannie
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Ben McGewan has a deal with Chinatown's non-Chinese gang boss, Gregory, to steal one of four mythical god statues reputed to give immense power. This theft, in exchange for wiping out his debt and a fortune to pay his team of frustrated experts. They organize a wild after hours party in a nightclub as cover to break into the vault of the bank next door. Alas, from the start things go wrong ever worse, for everyone. Written by KGF Vissers

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Blood Money. Deadly Heist. Some things can make a guy crazy. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language, some drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Party See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Rikki Simms: You see... lions... eat gazelle. And the gazelles fucking hate that shit. This narrator guy was saying that one day on the shoot... that a lion snuck up on the cameraman, right? This camera guy, he was like a native, right? He'd been doing this shit all his life. And the narrator said that there's one sure way to stop a lion from attacking you. Don't turn and run. See, that's what the gazelles do. It doesn't work for them and they get eaten anyway. But this camera guy, he knew what to do. ...
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A Better Place
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Fun but forgettable
20 May 2007 | by Gareth_HackingSee all my reviews

So I was flicking through the channels late at night and was surprise to see Sean William Scott on screen in a film I didn't recognise (always the best way to watch a film I find - no preconceptions). Anyway, I was intrigued enough to keep watching all the way through to the finish.

Scott is Ben McGewen, a small-time who's having to pay off his murdered brother's debt to gang boss Gregory (Lou Diamond Philips wearing a shockingly white wig and who I only actually recognised just before the end). All he has to do is steal a rare Chinese sculpture for him. Unfortunately the sculpture is locked away in a high-security bank vault. Good thing that Ben has an elaborate plan which involves the putting on a club night in the warehouse next door and a crew of accomplices capable of pulling it off. So long as everything goes to plan of course.

Inevitably, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, but then if it didn't, there wouldn't be much of a film. Their original choice of DJ doesn't show and his replacement isn't too keen on their choice of music, Ben's ex-girlfriend is hanging around and distracting him, there's undercover FBI agents hanging around the club and Gregory is an impatient man.

I'm sure that if I thought about it, I could poke all kinds of holes in the plot and there were a few scene's that fell flat or just seemed to be filling time but I can say I warmed to the film. The main reason would be Scott, who carried the film and for once, wasn't playing a variation on Stifler. The rest of the cast were all unknown to me apart from Diamond-Philips and Dave Folley, who has little more than a cameo as one of the FBI agents though they all played their roles fine. It also made me laugh (especially a line that I will not repeat here as I don't want to upset more sensitive ears). So overall, it was a fun but nothing special.


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