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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.

Director:

Daniel Schechter

Writers:

Daniel Schechter (written for the screen by), Elmore Leonard (based on the book "The Switch" written by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Aniston ... Mickey Dawson
Yasiin Bey ... Ordell Robbie
Isla Fisher ... Melanie
Will Forte ... Marshall Taylor
Mark Boone Junior ... Richard Monk
Tim Robbins ... Frank Dawson
John Hawkes ... Louis Gara
Clea Lewis ... Tyra Taylor
Charlie Tahan ... Bo Dawson
Kevin Corrigan ... Ray
Leonard Robinson ... Officer Dixon
Kevin Porter Young ... Officer Kenny
Alex Ladove ... Pamela Taylor
Jenna Nye ... Shelly Taylor
Jill Abramovitz 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Right target. Wrong woman.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2014 (Bahamas) See more »

Also Known As:

The Switch See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second time Isla Fisher plays a mistress to a rich man, following The Great Gatsby (2013). See more »

Goofs

In the very last scene of the film, Louis is taping the eyes of the mask they are about to put on Melanie although she has already seen all of their faces. See more »

Quotes

Ordell Robbie: So Richard, I got a little joke for you, you might like this one. You too, Lewis. A Dude goes to the doctor. Doctor says: "Sir, you have to stop masturbating". The patient goes: "Why?" And the doctor goes: "because I'm trying to exam you".
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Connections

References Sanford and Son: Fred's Treasure Garden (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Dreadlock Holiday
Written by Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart
Performed by 10CC
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Funny and Finely Acted!
8 December 2014 | by namashi_1See 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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