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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.

Movie Info

Based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch," LIFE OF CRIME is a dark caper comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins. The wife (JENNIFER ANISTON) of a corrupt real estate developer (TIM ROBBINS) is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and JOHN HAWKES), who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he'd actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard. (C) Roadside Attractionsmore
Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Elmore Leonard, Daniel Schechter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 2014
Box Office: $0.3M
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Jennifer Aniston
as Mickey Dawson
Yasiin Bey
as Ordell Robbie
Isla Fisher
as Melanie
Will Forte
as Marshall Taylor
Mark Boone Jr.
as Richard Monk
Tim Robbins
as Frank Dawson
John Hawkes
as Louis Gara
Clea Lewis
as Tyra Taylor
Charlie Tahan
as Bo Dawson
Kevin Porter Young
as Officer Kenny
Alex Ladove
as Pamela Taylor
Jenna Nye
as Shelly Taylor
Kofi Boakye
as Cedric Walker
Chyna Layne
as Loretta
Nathan Purdee
as Rodney the Doorman
Margaret Rossini
as Mickey's Mother
Jennifer Prediger
as Marshall's Assistant
Dennis Michael Hall
as Restaurant Valet
Anjali Punjabi
as Ray Shelby
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Critic Reviews for Life Of Crime

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (25)

Schechter's staging is so flat that Leonard's dialogue never pops. You hear the words but not the music.

Full Review… | June 9, 2015
Spliced Personality

Perhaps Schechter should have started with a prequel to Death Proof and worked his way up from there.

Full Review… | November 20, 2014

An abiding insignificance looms over the film, but it's a fun 98 minutes.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014

Though a decidedly down-market adaptation of the great Elmore Leonard crime novel Switch, Life of Crime is never down-and-out.

Full Review… | October 2, 2014
Herald Sun (Australia)

It's good, solid Leonard, which, for me at least, is a cosy, comfortable, and extremely fun place to be for ninety-eight minutes.

Full Review… | October 1, 2014
ABC Radio (Australia)

Fun, throwaway, time-killing crime comedy romp.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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