Best Laid Plans (2012)

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Two men, a unique friendship, a violent world. Danny is a scruffy small-time chancer, small in stature, but with a sharp eye for a scam. Joseph is a giant of a man, but with the mental age of a seven-year-old and gentle as a lamb despite his extraordinary strength. Living together in their inner-city flat, this odd-couple are opposites who can't live without each other: they pull petty thefts, go fishing and drink beer. They've been friends for years - but their relationship is about to be pushed to the limit.Danny owes 10 grand in cocaine to local crime kingpin Curtis, who wants the money or the gear. Danny doesn't have either so to pay off his drug-debt, Danny is left with just one option: to drag Joseph into the terrifying underworld of bare-knuckle boxing. In this harsh, emotional drama of bleeding hearts and faces, will Danny and Joseph survive?
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NR
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Drama
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Well Go USA

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Cast

David O'Hara
as Curtis
Lee Ingleby
as Deano
Maxine Peake
as Isabel
Bobby Stone
as Doyle
Peter Wight
as Roger
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Critic Reviews for Best Laid Plans

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

This might be uneven, but it's well filmed, with a clutch of affecting scenes - a more thoughtful affair than your average Brit fight flick.

Full Review… | February 1, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A cut above recent British low-life crime pictures...

Full Review… | February 5, 2012
Observer (UK)

Realist in tone, the film lacks much imagination and trundles along too predictably for comfort.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
London Evening Standard

Too stupid to be abominable, but only just.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
Little White Lies

It isn't the smoothest transition but strong performances from Stephen Graham and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje keep the idea afloat.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
Daily Express (UK)

A waste of a decent cast.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for Best Laid Plans

Bit of bulk does come in handy. Danny is a poor degenerate gambler who runs petty errands for a local gangster, but he also takes care of a special needs adult named Joseph. Joseph is a big strong man that defends Danny with every morsel of his existence, and Danny pays him back by taking care of him. When Danny gets too deep with the gangster, he has to enlist Joseph in underground fights. Joseph does well, so intern, Danny does well. Will Danny ever use the extra money from the fights to turn their lives around or will he burn all their dough on cocaine and hookers until they're both ruined? "Say hello to my little friend." "I thought I just did." David Blair, director of Mystics, Bert & Dickie, The Fattest Man in Britain, Tabloid, and The Brown Man, delivers Best Laid Plans. The storyline for this picture was actually very good and reminded me a little of Danny the Dog. The character development was very good and the entire film is very well written. The acting was also better than I anticipated and the cast includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Maxine Peake, David O'Hara, Brad Moore, Peter Wright. "I want 73 virgins all lined up in a row when I get there." I randomly grabbed this movie off Netflix and decided to give it a viewing. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this film. I was a fan of Stephen Graham from Boardwalk Empire and thought he was perfect in this movie. Akinnuoye-Agbaje also did awesome playing the special adult. Overall, this is a very nice addition to the genre and worth a viewing. "Mobile laundry?" Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Worth a watch. Touching at times. Good performances. Great character interactions. And an interesting story, a bit off the beaten path.

Mad Martigan
Mad Martigan

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