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Criminal Ways (2003)

The Wannabes (original title)
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The world's worst actor Danny, meets the world's worst crook Marcus and their lives are changed forever...

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Nick Giannopoulos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Giannopoulos ... Danny
Russell Dykstra ... Marcus
Isla Fisher ... Kirsty
Michael Carman Michael Carman ... Jimmy King
Lena Cruz ... Aurora 'Rory' Van Dyke
Tony Nikolakopoulos Tony Nikolakopoulos ... Stewie
Costas Kilias ... Adrian
Ryan Johnson ... Hammer
Chantal Contouri ... Sally
Nicholas Fleming Nicholas Fleming ... Oliver
Jemma Rivera ... Lita (as Jemma Rivera Wilks)
Terry Gill Terry Gill ... Barney the Bear
David Watson David Watson ... Granville Van Dyke
Felix Williamson ... Bill Gennaro
Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie ... Elvis Elvis
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The world's worst actor Danny, meets the world's worst crook Marcus and their lives are changed forever...

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scantily clad female | See All (1) »

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Kid's entertainment, it's criminal.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminal Ways See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$468,847 (Australia), 26 September 2003, Limited Release
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Quotes

Elderly Female Singer: I'm Benji... I'm five today!
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Weird, goofy, irreverent... FUNNY!
16 November 2011 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

I love checking out movies that IMDb bashes, just to see if they're as bad as everyone says. I'm happy to report I freakin loved this one.

First, here's my take on Australian comedies (based on the two I've seen: THE WANNABEES and RAZZLE DAZZLE). They don't pack as many zingers as Hollywood comedies, but even better, they space out the gags & make you wait for them. The humour is more situational, often not requiring a punchline. In a word: subtle. For this, I'm sure many American viewers may be disappointed or frustrated. But if you like your comedies on the softer side (like the British DEATH AT A FUNERAL, the Japanese KIKUJIRO or even the American DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, I think you'll appreciate this one.

The plot seems old (a bunch of losers band together to pull off some preposterous heist). But as with many great films that share this premise, the beauty is in how creative the story gets within its scope. Here we definitely get a lot of creativity. The film is delightfully predictable, yet surprising and engaging at the same time.

The humour is irreverent but not crass. In fact, I was surprised at the R rating. True, the gags are sometimes "adult" (like the scene where a guy mistakes a dildo for his throat- mic LOL!) but there's never anything explicit or filthy like you might see in one of those American Pie teen flicks. As for irreverent, this movie is not afraid to stereotype people. I suppose it might border on offensive, if you've got a pole up your orifice, but it's not nearly as bad as one of the reviews made it sound. There are a few homosexual characters who act a little queenie, and there's a hilarious Filipino(?) character who can't pronounce the letter 'F'. But none of the gags are mean spirited. In fact, I found it refreshing to see a movie that's not afraid to take us there, sort of like the Sarah Silverman show might do. I think this is the beauty of Aussie comedy. It even makes fun of Australians (or is it making fun of Americans making fun of Australians?) so everyone is fair game.

My only tiny criticism is the way the DVD box highlights Ilsa Fisher as if she's the star of the movie when really she's just an equal co-star with the rest. So if you watch the movie just for her, you may feel unsatisfied. To me, the other performances steal the show. We have such a great lineup of weird yet endearing losers, you can't help but love every one of them.

I really enjoyed this movie, and the minute it ended I wanted to watch it again. If you like subtle, offbeat comedies I'm sure you'll like it too. Check out the movies I mentioned above as well as these other lesser-known gems: THE MAIDEN HEIST, the Canadian ZEYDA AND THE Hit-man, the French CRIME SPREE, and I've mentioned it already--you must see RAZZLE DAZZLE.


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