one line review: It isn't a Canadian movie without David Hewlett.
If you will sell me a DVD for about the same price as renting it then I will buy it. Works every time, no questions asked. Hence why I now have Foolproof in my movie collection. I picked it up purely for one reason: Ryan Renolds (Van Wilder, Blade 3, Two Guys and a Girl). He isn't a great actor, just highly charismatic with a wit/sarcasm that runs directly parallel to my own. I fully admit that he has no range and every character he plays is essentially the same: him.
But fortunately I like him the way he is, and no matter how bad the film is I enjoy him in it. Which brings us to Foolproof. My expectations were so low going in that I couldn't help but liking the film because it wasn't Absolutely Horrible. It's a B grade Canadian heist film, which should give you a good idea of what to expect. What's funny is that they somehow manage to pull it all off.
Ok, I'm probably raising your expectations too much. Let's face it, the plot is dumb. They are a group of three mid-twenty-somethings who get a kick out of planning perfect robberies but never executing them. And they call themselves Foolproof (so cheesy). You could have a drinking game for every time they say foolproof during the movie. Gag me. As inevitably happens when you tempt fate during a movie, a professional criminal steals their plans, executes the heist, and then blackmails them into working for him and they try their best to "fool" him and get out of it.
Yet despite the overall stupidity of the film, the details and execution of their "foolproof" plans are quite smart, and the movie manages to be quite entertaining. Even though no one can act.
I wouldn't go out of my way to see it, but if it happened to be on TV it'd be worth checking out. All faults aside, it's a fun little film.