Life Of Crime (2014)
Critic Consensus: It may not stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best Elmore Leonard adaptations, but Life of Crime has enough ambling charm -- and a sharp enough cast -- to get by.
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as Mickey Dawson
as Ordell Robbie
as Marshall Taylor
as Richard Monk
as Frank Dawson
as Louis Gara
as Tyra Taylor
as Bo Dawson
as Officer Dixon
as Officer Kenny
as Pamela Taylor
as Shelly Taylor
as Ray Shelby
as Cedric Walker
as Rodney the Doorman
as Mickey's Mother
as Marshall's Assistant
as Restaurant Valet
as Ray Shelby
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Critic Reviews for Life Of Crime
Schechter's staging is so flat that Leonard's dialogue never pops. You hear the words but not the music.
Perhaps Schechter should have started with a prequel to Death Proof and worked his way up from there.
An abiding insignificance looms over the film, but it's a fun 98 minutes.
Though a decidedly down-market adaptation of the great Elmore Leonard crime novel Switch, Life of Crime is never down-and-out.
It's good, solid Leonard, which, for me at least, is a cosy, comfortable, and extremely fun place to be for ninety-eight minutes.
Audience Reviews for Life Of Crime
Ending felt forced, but aside from that, quite liked this one as this genre goes. Definitely Jennifer Aniston makes the movie.
Marshall: Hey, you keep your wife out here and someone's liable to steal her.
Frank: You promise?
Sometimes I find myself asking, "Why wasn't this better?" Life of Crime has everything going for it. The film is a prequel of sorts to Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, as both films feature three key characters. More specifically, crime novelist Elmore Leonard wrote both Rum Punch and The Switch, the novels both films are based on. Regardless, the film has interesting source material and circumstances going for it, as well as a great cast, most of Leonard's dialogue still intact, and a nice period-film aesthetic to top it all off. Still, Life of Crime never manages to be anything more than average. It is unfortunate, but I have some thoughts as to why this may have been the case.
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Based on an Elmore Leonard novel, Life of Crime is a clever and entertaining thriller. The story follows three small-time criminals who kidnap and ransom a real estate developer's wife, but their plan starts to fall apart when the developer refuses to pay. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, and Mos Def, the film has a solid cast. The script is also pretty good, and is able to bring in some light humor while still keeping an element of danger and suspense. Yet it takes a while for the plot to get going, and there are some extraneous elements that hold it back. However, despite a few weak spots Life of Crime is a rather fun and exciting film.
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