5.8/10
14,925
47 user 91 critic

Life of Crime (2013)

Trailer
2:09 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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:

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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 | Add 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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 August 2014 (Bahamas)  »

Also Known As:

The Switch  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,422, 29 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$261,695, 19 September 2014
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The characters Ordell, Louis and Melanie were played by Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro and Bridget Fonda, respectively, in Jackie Brown (1997). See more »

Goofs

When the cop is reporting the gun shots he says the location is State and Fair east of Woodward. State Fair is one street, not an intersection and it intersects with Woodward. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Dawson: [talking about Melanie] She looks like a million bucks.
See more »

Connections

References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Your Love Flow
Written by Larry Williams
Performed by Bellamy Brothers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
As an evenly paced crime dramedy, Life of Crime simmers with wit, style and an ensemble star cast.
2 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Life of Crime is an aptly titled crime dramedy based on The Switch, a novel by the late Elmore Leonard whose comically dark prose has inspired other noir films like Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown and Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight. It's a slow burning pot boiler but one that simmers with sure-fisted wit, eclectic style and filled with the type of tension that stretches but never snaps.

Written for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter, this black comedy begins with two petty criminals plotting to kidnap Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the trophy wife of Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins) a corrupt businessman who has amassed a fortune by evading tax authorities. Having done their homework on Frank and how much money is stashed away in a tax-free Bahamas bank, Louis (John Hawkes) and Ordell (Mos Def) are the aforementioned crooks who think they have hatched the perfect plan – hold the wife ransom in exchange for the husband's ill-gotten wealth. But unknown to these misdemeanors, Frank has no intention of getting his wife back. Worst of all, Frank's got a hot little mistress (Isla Fisher as Melanie) who has a plan of her own but one that could elevate her status from a gold digger to the new Mrs. Dawson.

Set in the late 1970s Detroit, Life of Crime is potentially familiar in swagger to last year's multi-Oscar nominated American Hustle. Even so, I suspect Schechter has intended for a deeper narration – try homage to the Coen Brothers' acclaimed masterpiece, Fargo. But where those films excelled in authentic storytelling prowess, Life of Crime is a low budget film that seems to be content with a medley of delicious dialogue from improvised characters. From Melanie and Frank to fumbling crooks with terrific lines, spunky characterization works like the unwrapping of a multilayered gift where you get to see what's on the inside at the very end. Mickey is no exception either, going from a beaten-down and delusional housewife to a survivalist with vivacious insight. This is also where Aniston strides further than any of her previous roles and is definitely one of her best performances to date. Also thrown in for kicks are two of Leonard's oddball characters – a neo-Nazi gun nut played by Mark Boone Junior and Will Forte as a weirdo who has the hots for Mickey – both ambiguous characters whose inclusion adds humour but also detracts from the main plot.

For a small scale crime thriller and Schechter's third foray as a director, Life of Crime may not be a very good screen adaptation but where it struggles in its dwindling screenplay, it makes up with an ensemble cast that turns out to be the film's saving grace. Perhaps Tarantino would have done a better job, especially with a montage ending that seems to suggest that the story has only just begun. Then again, that film would have been and entirely different cat and mouse game.


22 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial