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Life of Crime (2013)

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Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.

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... Mickey Dawson
... Ordell Robbie
... Melanie
... Marshall Taylor
... Richard Monk
... Frank Dawson
... Louis Gara
... Tyra Taylor
... Bo Dawson
... Ray
... Officer Dixon
... Officer Kenny
... Pamela Taylor
... Shelly Taylor
Jill Abramovitz ... Jan
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Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.

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Right target. Wrong woman.

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Comedy | Crime

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

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29 August 2014 (Bahamas)  »

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The Switch  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,422, 29 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$261,695, 19 September 2014
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"Wanna fuck?" Melanie says same thing to Louis in Jackie Brown (1997). See more »

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The brand of golf ball used in the Bahamas scene is "Noodle Long and Soft" which were introduced 25 years after the setting of the picture. See more »

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Mickey Dawson: [talking about Melanie] She looks like a million bucks.
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References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

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I Think You've Got Your Fools Mixed Up
Written by Brenton Wood (as Alfred Smith)
Performed by Brenton Wood
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Funny and Finely Acted!
8 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Based on late Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch, 'Life of Crime' is an interesting watch, that is funny & finely acted, too! But the slow-pace, makes you feel restless at times.

'Life of Crime' Synopsis: Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.

'Life of Crime', at 99-minutes delivers a story of crime & deception, admirably. But, as I mentioned before, the slow-pace gets to you after a point. Right after the kidnapping incident, one expects the pace to get faster, but it doesn't. Fortunately, the final act picks up momentum. But better pacing was the need of the day!

Daniel Schechter's Adapted Screenplay has merit & the dialogue, are wonderful. Schechter's Direction is neat, as well. Cinematography is standard. Editing is the weakest link of the enterprise.

'Life of Crime' would've fallen flat had its casting not been right, but over here, each & every actor is perfectly cast. John Hawkes continues to perform brilliantly. Tim Robbins is tremendously despicable, enacting a moron to perfection. Jennifer Aniston is good, but looks aged here. Isla Fisher is first-rate. Will Forte is excellent. Mos Def is superb. Mark Boone. Jr impresses, as well.

On the whole, 'Life of Crime' gets some things right, not all. Watch it if you must!


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