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It's 1983 Los Angeles - beautiful girls, luxurious mansions, glamorous parties and Eddie Dodson, a very hip, very charismatic dealer of high-end antique furniture for the rich and famous. When Eddie meets the cool and aloof Pauline, the attraction is instant and the two live out each other's fast-paced fantasies. That is until Eddie's high-rolling life catches up with him and loan sharks start knocking on his door. To pay off his debts, Eddie and Pauline begin a spree of bank robberies across LA, charming tellers at over 60 banks to hand over the cash. Now the lovers are not only on the run from loan sharks but also have the police hot on their trail.Written by
10. We know this movie takes place sometime in the past because cigarettes are advertised, and people smoke, in a movie theater. Pauline is a beautiful blonde who is dressed for prom, but she goes to the theater. Several rows behind her is Leon Redbone (okay, Leon's clothes are white, but the man does look a lot like him), with an attractive woman who doesn't compare to Pauline. The man dressed like Leon Redbone, whose name is Eddie, meets Pauline outside, where she is smoking, and she tells him the woman in the movie should have left the man because the man was a criminal. Eddie disagrees but later in the movie admits he'd like to be like the man in the movie.
9. Eddie owes Roy money, and when Roy wants something, he sends big goons to get it. The girl from the theater won't help him any more. Eddie's furniture store is not successful. There is one solution.
8. ... Okay, I lost track of what the numbers meant. Just know that by the end of the movie we have counted down to 1.
Eddie meets Pauline and starts spending time with her. This means she sits in his '66 Ford LTD while Eddie goes inside with a fake gun and hands the teller a note. The money from one robbery isn't enough to keep Roy's goons away, so Eddie can't stop with just one robbery. He is always quite polite, though not charming like John Stamos, which is the impression various tellers give on the TV news. He's actually somewhere between socially awkward and mentally ill. The tellers are usually calm. One blonde girl is so pretty and so nice. And then there is the quirky and very friendly Sue, who I immediately recognized as Kate Micucci of "Raising Hope". Later, when one man who says he is a Mormon makes the situation more difficult, and the poor teller with him ends up traumatized, but that's the only really bad incident.
The cops seem incapable of stopping these robberies. They don't know just what to do. So they keep happening. Eddie Dodson becomes a legend.
One thing I don't understand: the listings with my TiVo said this movie was based on fact, and yet the closing credits include the statement that it is a work of fiction.
Occasionally this movie is funny, and I'm sure it was supposed to be. But it's not quite a comedy. It's also not the wild and wacky adventure I expected from the description. It's still somewhat fun to watch, and Micucci is cute.
Jim Sturgess does a good enough job as the lead. If he wasn't supposed to be a John Stamos type, then I would say he succeeded.
Several clueless bimbos hang out with Eddie, but they are played by respected, big-name actresses. I guess that's okay.
There are other quirky characters in the night clubs and other hangouts where Eddie goes.
One of the detectives seems intelligent enough, so I wonder why the cops can't seem to do anything. I don't remember the detective's name and I can't see any clue in the credits. But it was a good performance, whoever it was.
I think this was worth seeing.
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