Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Critic Consensus: A buoyant, clever update of the conman flick Bedtime Story, with plenty of comedic jousting resulting from a winning chemistry between Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
A wonderfully crafted, absolutely charming remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story.
There's little enough to keep you occupied as Caine and Martin go through their comic set pieces in workaday fashion while the film moves mechanically from one contrived situation to the next.
Their comic methods are different, but from their first unequal encounter until the very last in a series of twist endings, Mr. Caine and Mr. Martin work together with an exuberant ease that's a joy to watch.
Martin, the most eloquent of physical clowns -- the Baryshnikov of comedy -- is at his most inspired here. He parodies feelings, attitudes, states of mind that one would think were exempt from it, and his caricature of dapper suavity is killingly precise.
The chemistry between Martin and Caine is fun, and Headly provides a resilient foil as a woman who looks like a pushover but somehow never seems to topple.
Audience Reviews for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The life (and livelihood) of a well established continental con artist (Michael Caine) on the Riviera is disrupted when clumsy competition appears in the person of unkempt small-timer (Steve Martin) in Frank Oz' light comedy that's worth more than simply a smile. Martin's "Rupert" character is particularly pleasing. Glenne Headly also charms.
Michael and Steve are hilarious as con men trying to out do each other, but they meet their match in the jackel. Very funny and interesting plots.
Steve Martin and Michael Caine make quite the comedic pair, in this delightfully entertaining 80's gem, about two rivalring con artists - one the street hustler type and the other of a more sophisticated school - who upon realising that their "hunting ground" isn't big enough for the both of them, agrees on a settlement: The first one to extract $50.000 from a young female target wins, while the other has to leave town. And what a location at that! The picturesque French riviera, in which the story runs its course, is a showcase of true beauty; sometimes stunning the eyes so much that you get lost in the divine settings. It makes you wanna buy yourself a house there some day, and just sit on the terrace and take in the ocean air. And if that's not enough to get you to watch it, the two virtuosic leads certainly will. Funnyman Steve Martin is in his absolute prime, with a very vibrant performance that is nothing short of hilarious. And Michael Caine, while perhaps not as funny, infuses every moment on screen with charm, suavity and his wonderful British wit. A must-see if you're a fan of either and a gold-encrusted humor show, that is abundantly rich in laughs, glamour and alluring visuals. So whatever you do, don't let it slip under your radar like it almost did for me. Because this movie is simply too good to be missed!
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