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Quick Change (1990)

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50

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Bill Murray co-directed (along with Howard Franklin) this mixture of The Out-of-Towners and After Hours, concerning Grimm (Bill Murray), a frustrated city planner who is fed up with the corruption and venality of New York City. Getting together a couple of accomplices -- Phyllis (Geena Davis), who admires Grimm for his audacity, and Loomis (Randy Quaid), a follower to Grimm's leader since grade school -- Grimm decides to rob a bank, pocket the money, get out of town and take off to tropical

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

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Aug 30, 2005

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (6) | DVD (5)

[Murray's] glancing, genial sarcasm buoys the action for the first half-hour. Then this caper comedy sinks into a puddle of urban rancor.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Neither ambitious nor particularly memorable, but it's brought off with a sly flair that makes it most enjoyable.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Not likely to set the world alight, but a neat and engaging little comedy of bad manners.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There is not much in Quick Change that hasn't been anticipated by Neil Simon and beaten to death by countless imitators. Mr. Murray's film is at the worn-out end of this bloodline.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Bill Murray dresses up as a clown to take hostages and rob a New York bank. Funny? Guess again.

May 12, 2001 | Comment (1)
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Despite the fact that Change lags and lopes along toward an inevitable, trite conclusion, it also leaves itself wide open for funny moments.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Easily a top-five career highlight for Bill Murray, Quick Change is a comedy jewel, squeezing a rare amount of mileage out of its fickle star, who appears atypically invested in the picture's mechanics.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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After piquing our curiosity, Murray and Franklin skillfully let us in on the scheme and slowly reveal the nature of the three characters at the center of it.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

From the opening scenes with Murray dressed as a clown for the robbery and playing his cynical, wise-cracking card to great effect, to the trio pitting themselves against the whims of New York City, this is breathtaking and inventive stuff.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Funny fluff featuring clowns, a bank robbery, and Bill Murray.

December 21, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Inventively sinister, endlessly hilarious dark comedy.

February 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Amusing comedy with a great, subdued performance by Murray. Runs out of steam too soon, though.

March 20, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

A delightful romp that generously allows the unknowns who dot the large supporting cast to garner the biggest laughs.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

By blurring the foreground characters and focusing on the background, New York City becomes the real main character of the film until the script falters near the end and Murray once again reclaims the audience's attention.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Quick Change

This film has a lot of formulaic and yet entertaining elements that make it interesting and yet not memorable enough to resonate. Even Bill Murray, starring and directing, could not save this film from dire straits, and maybe that simply speaks to this being Murray's low point in his career. Some critics have said that this is one of his best performances, "a man jaded by The Big Apple," but that's not an appropriate description of what ultimately proves to be a haphazard character who moves between insane criminal and the blunt and carefree Murray we know best from "Ghostbusters." Murray also directs this film with writing partner Howard Franklin after both Jonathan Demme and Ron Howard turned it down, Howard feeling like there was no character to root for. I wouldn't say that that's the exact problem, because even though the thieves aren't changed through their journey, and they aren't feel-good or eccentric characters, they're not bad characters necessarily. The three of them all have their own reasons for robbing the bank, getting away to a foreign country, and doing so while the police chief for the city tries to close the case for his last hurrah before he retires. Murray is very good, I will give him that, but Geena Davis and Randy Quaid are abysmal, playing a throwaway love interest and a borderline mentally handicapped goon. They are chased around the city, trying to make their flight, and in the process get their lives endangered by a new tenant to their old apartment (Phil Hartman!), a gang of mobsters( that must be idiots if they believe that the likes of them are also mobsters), and various people who keep them from getting to the airport including Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, and Philip Bosco. Jason Robards as the police chief was very succinct in his performance, while also being a bit fed up with his hometown like Murray's character, lending to a strange link between them. Though this film is forgettable when it comes down to it, it's a film with Bill Murray, so it still manages to entertain.
May 14, 2013
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A fun filled comedy adventure with great actors, great story, and altogether it's a great movie. I loved it, and if you love Bill Murray you should see this too.
April 13, 2011
ajv2688

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A classic comedy, it?s silly but very entertaining
September 23, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Man, this has some great stuff in it. I really thought this was a smart comedy that pushed the line in terms of the things these people have to go to to get out of the city.
September 9, 2007
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

    1. Loomis: My mom used to do this. Just like this. You should have a kid Phyliss.
    2. Phyllis: Funny you should say that.
    3. Loomis: Really?
    4. Phyllis: Sit back.
    5. Loomis: Grimm didn't tell me.
    6. Phyllis: Grimm doesn't know. I didn't want to tell him until after the job.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (21 months ago)
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