The Fortune Cookie (1966)
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Movie InfoAn insurance salesman concocts a scheme to cash in on his brother-in-law's injury.
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Critic Reviews for The Fortune Cookie
The friction between the laughs and the cynicism generates more heat than most Hollywood comedies even aim at...
Mr. Wilder's last film and a comedy of unrelieved vulgarity, but it has style and taste.
A very funny film, this morality tale is a deft mixture of cynicism, wit and idealism as only writer-director Wilder could do it.
Though not top-notch Billy Wilder, this cynical satire about an unscrupulous lawyer and a TV cameraman benefits from good acting by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first screen teaming.
Good, but probably Wilder's most overrated film.
The trio would move on to better things, but the comic chemistry was tangible from the start.
It's [the] performances that make The Fortune Cookie worth checking out, because the story itself isn't terribly interesting.
Audience Reviews for The Fortune Cookie
An underrated bittersweet comedy sparklingly written by the master of cynicism. Tailor made for the antics of the marvelous odd couple Matthau-Lemmon.More
A comical caper from Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau, some great lines throughout, easy watching, a good oldie.More
Another great comedy from Wilder, this movie is hilarious, fun, and has a great cast. I highly recommend it.More
The Fortune Cookie is a brilliant film, cynical and satirical and yet uplifting. Its protagonist (Jack Lemmon) is a cameraman, which allowed director Billy Wilder to insert all kinds of commentary on movie-making, as if he wasn't making comment enough on greed and the "everyone sues everyone for everything" future of capitalist America. An almost prophetic film that features Walter Matthau's break-out role. The division into little chapters didn't really do the film any favours, and from time to time the whole enterprise was beset by a little too much sentiment, but these complaints aren't enough to make this any less than an absolute classic. That Abraham Lincoln's words ring throughout - "you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" - is a testament to exactly what Wilder feared America was to become... a nation of people willing to live an extended lie just to make a quick million. Great, great film.More
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