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You know there's something wrong with a comedy when you'd rather see the main characters killed off than live happily ever after.
One thought that occurred to me while pacing myself through Flypaper: With the economy being what it is, will there be a rash of bank robbery movies?
A mighty thin and derivative slice of moviemaking.
It's a mess from start to finish, but there's still fun to be had in Rob Minkoff's caper comedy.
In the end, there's just a roomful of decent character actors in search of a point. For them, the titular "Flypaper" may have simply been a paycheck.
"Flypaper" has enough twists and surprises to remain interesting in a closed-room, Agatha Christie kind of way. But it's never quite as clever or as hip as it thinks it is.
There reaches a point, however, at which the rather limited nature of the movie's premise starts to become a problem...
Minkoff doesn't bring a whole lot of originality to the picture, which could use a shot of surprise considering the snoozy bank heist conventions it employs. Still, what he lacks in freshness he makes up for in velocity.
The real question is: How does a movie as weak as this get made? Who read this script and said, "I have to make this movie"?..It's not funny - and that's the real crime.
The film is a heist-and-hostage comedy that reminds you that criminals, under pressure, are as neurotic as anyone else.
It's painfully unfunny, and the type of immediately disposable junk one wouldn't expect to see on cable, much less the Sundance Film Festival.
May not be well executed, too broad for a script that obviously wants to be a very profane and twisted black comedy, but it's not without a silly charm.
In "Flypaper," it is a quiet day at the bank where Kaitlin(Ashley Judd), a teller, has the time to help Tripp(Patrick Dempsey) deposit all of his loose change. That is until Peanut Butter(Tim Blake Nelson) and Jelly(Pruitt Taylor Vince) show up to rob the ATM's. That might have actually worked if Darrien(Mekhi Phifer), Gates(Matt Ryan, of "Constantine") and Weinstein(John Ventimiglia) had not shown up at the exact same time to rob the vault. That's not to mention the dead body on the floor of the bank.
On the surface, "Flypaper" may not seem like such a bad idea for a movie. At the same time, it is the very definition of scattershot, especially with the violence making a rather awkward combination with the slapstick comedy. Overall, while there may be one or two clever ideas at work here, this is a movie that is nowhere near as smart as it thinks it is.
One of the smartest ideas "Flypaper" has is to have Tim Blake Nelson and Pruitt Taylor Vince play a couple of hapless redneck bank robbers named Peanut Butter and Jelly and they don't disappoint in the least. On the other hand, Octavia Spencer being given so little to do is positively criminal. While Ashley Judd gets out acted by her own cleavage, the continuing appeal of Patrick Dempsey remains a mystery.
A total blast, it`s one of those films that would be just a crime to miss. A wickedly hilarious twist-a-minute comedy packed with action, suspense, witty characters, sharp writing and a wonderful all-star cast. It`s smart, stylish and unrelenting. A great movie. I loved it. A rich, slick and insanely enjoyable comedy. Patrick Dempsey is excellent, he has the perfect combination of charm, witt and charisma that makes him a stunning leading man. Ashley Judd is wonderful. Dempsey and Judd have great chemistry together, giving off plenty of great lines and romantic dazzle. Pruitt Taylor Vince and Tim Blake Nelson are outrageous together, such a blast of comic energy. Mekhi Phifer and Matt Ryan are terrific. A funny movie that packs just as much smarts and bullets to keep you entertained. A movie that knows how to enjoy itself, whether its in it`s thriller element, it`s action element or in it`s comedic element. A wonderful genre bender with a Hitchokian vibe to it. It works as heist thriller, an action movie and a romantic comedy.
Strictly amateur hour, despite the number of recognizable names in the cast. Not sure what they were trying to do, but the premise is so lame that the whole thing collapses before it gets going. I just could not get into this movie...
Two sets of bank robbers, one very sticky heist.
Good decent movie. This was a nice comedic bank robbery movie. It's a mix between films like Clue and The Bank Job. Many twist and turns made the movie better than it was. Nice cast especially the duo of Dempsey and Judd.
Tripp ('Patrick Dempsey' ) walks into a bank to get some change and ends up as a hostage to two bank robber-teams, robbing the bank he is at. In an almost Sherlock Holmesian way he has to solve this Agatha Christie inspired mystery and win the girls (Ashley Judd) heart. But not everything is at it seems, and there are many twists and turns in this comedy.
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