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Flypaper (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 25 August 2011 (Russia)
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A man caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies at the same bank desperately tries to protect the teller with whom he's secretly in love.

Director:

Rob Minkoff

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dempsey ... Tripp
Ashley Judd ... Kaitlin
Tim Blake Nelson ... Peanut Butter
Mekhi Phifer ... Darrien
Matt Ryan ... Gates
Jeffrey Tambor ... Gordon Blythe
John Ventimiglia ... Weinstein
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Jelly
Curtis Armstrong ... Mitchell Wolf
Rob Huebel ... Rex Newbauer
Adrian Martinez ... Mr. Clean
Natalia Safran ... Swiss Miss
Octavia Spencer ... Madge
Eddie Matthews ... Jack Hayes
Rob Boltin ... Credit Manager
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Storyline

Tripp (Patrick Dempsey) walks into a bank to get some change and ends up as a hostage to two bank robber-teams, robbing the bank he is at. In an almost Sherlock Holmesian way he has to solve this Agatha Christie inspired mystery and win the girl's (Ashley Judd) heart. But not everything is at it seems, and there are many twists and turns in this comedy. Written by Nali

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Two Sets of Bank Robbers. One Very Sticky Heist.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2011 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Bank Heist Comedy See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,098, 21 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,098, 21 August 2011
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Depakene is a mood stabilizer, implying Tripp suffers from Bipolar disorder. See more »

Goofs

When Weinstein and team enter in the bank they scramble or in other words shuts off all signals but later we see Gates using a laptop to surf the internet without an ethernet cable which means he's using wifi which isn't possible if all signals are jammed. See more »

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Mr. Clean: Can we waterboard him? I saw how to do it on the Discovery channel.
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References Cougar Town (2009) See more »

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Clever, Humorous & Entertaining.
28 March 2012 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

Two separate bank robberies go down at the same time, at the same bank. The hi-tech wizard robberies go for the vault and the redneck hick robbers go for the ATM machines. Things get more complicated when a Rain Man like character is stuck inside and believes that there is something else going down as well.

Flypaper is an under the radar flick that surprises those who give it a chance. It stars Patrick Dempsy in the Rain Man role, he plays a character obsessed with every little detail and he thinks that there is something more sinister going down than the two bank robberies. He enters into detective mode to figures things out, which makes for hilarious situations between the two groups of robbers and the hostages. Dempsy has a crush on one of the bank tellers, played by Ashley Judd in a pretty forgettable performance. Two comedic highlights belong to the redneck robbers played by the always reliable Tim Blake Nelson and the larger than life Pruitt Taylor Vince, better known as Otis from Walking Dead. They play well off each other and the other actors. They are the more eccentric of the characters who run into problems every turn they take.

The film plays out like a mystery, as the audience has to piece together who shot who and why. Are the bank robberies related? Coincidence? Are people who they say they are? All these questions keep us intrigued in the story and the humour keeps us entertained throughout. It kind of plays out like a modern version of the 1985 comedy Clue, as people die and characters are running around trying to figure out the who and why.

There are twists and turns and the film isn't as predictable as one would think. Just when you think you know what's going on, it pulls the rug out from under you. I managed to predict one twist before the revelation and gave myself a pat on the back for it. Others managed to surprise me. As a bank heist film, it places a nice spin on things. Usually when bank robberies go awry it turns into a hostage situation with police, yet Flypaper isn't interested in that aspect. It chooses to stay inside the bank the whole time.

Flypaper works and it never confuses the viewer despite the amount of information it throws across the screen. Dempsy is convincing as the oddball whose good with numbers and the supporting characters are seem to be having a good time. The film isn't afraid to poke fun at itself, which gives the film a light hearted tone. Flypaper is a wonderful surprise.


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