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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.



(written for the screen by), (based on the book "The Switch" written by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mickey Dawson
... Ordell Robbie
... Melanie
... Marshall Taylor
... Richard Monk
... Frank Dawson
... Louis Gara
... Tyra Taylor
... Bo Dawson
... Ray
... Officer Dixon
Kevin Porter Young ... Officer Kenny
... Pamela Taylor
... Shelly Taylor
Jill Abramovitz ... Jan


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.


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 August 2014 (Bahamas)  »

Also Known As:

The Switch  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ordell Robbie was also the name of Samuel L. Jackson's character in Jackie Brown (1997) now being played by Yasiin Bey. See more »


After Marshall regains consciousness and breaks out of the closet, there is a shot of the stereo with a record playing. The audio is only soft hiss and crackles but the tone arm has clearly not yet reached the run-out groove. Unless the record has an unusually long period of silence in the last track, there should still be music playing. See more »


Mickey Dawson: [talking about Melanie] She looks like a million bucks.
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References Sanford and Son: Fred's Treasure Garden (1974) See more »


Piano Bar Romance
Written by Richard Frietas and Geraldine Brioso
Performed by Richard Freitas
Courtesy of Music Dealers, LLC
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Waste of a good cast! 3/10
10 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Review: I found it really hard to get into this film because the storyline was weak and extremely unrealistic. The movie is based around a couple of guys who kidnap a rich man's wife in order to get a million dollars for her release. Not the most unique idea for a film! Anyway, I was expecting it to be witty, judging by the cast, but it was more silly than amusing. Mos Def and John Hawkes come up with the dumbest of plans, which was just not that well thought through. When there plan starts to go downhill, there terrible criminal minds come up with another sketchy plan to get themselves out of the mess they made. The storyline goes from one extreme to another and it doesn't help that they have a Nazi loving criminal to help them, who also has personal issues. Basically, the movie wasn't funny or interesting but I did stick with the film, just to see what these dumb criminals were going to do next. Average! 

Round-Up: Judging by the unsuccessful box office takings, I'm not alone with thinking that this film was a total waste of a good cast. Its not often that Jennifer Aniston makes "Straight To DVD" movies, but after watching this film, it's not surprising that it flopped. All of the actors try and make the most out of a terrible storyline, but there performances isn't enough to save the film. On the plus side, I did like the ending when characters decide to flip the script and kidnap someone else but it doesn't really go anywhere. I didn't get how someone could go missing for a week without anyone suspecting anything and there was some other sketchy moments that I don't want to mention because I don't want to spoil the film for people who haven't watched it. At the end of the day, it could have been much better if the storyline was thought through properly and if the actual plan made any sense.

Budget: $12million Worldwide Gross: $1.5million

I recommend this movie to people who are into their comedy/crime movies about a couple of down and outs, who plan to kidnap a rich man's wife for a million dollar ransom. 3/10

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