To Rob a Thief

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The light and comic Ladron que roba a Ladron isn't deep or hugely substantial, but it's still a very fun heist flick nonetheless.

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Alejandro (Fernando Colunga) and Emilio (Miguel Varoni), two professional thieves, hatch the perfect plot to rob a TV infomercial king. They plan to plant their crew in their mark's everyday life as household staff, chauffeurs, gardeners and the like, where they will have access to high-security areas without attracting attention. When their regular crew pass on the job Alejandro and Emilio must use real immigrant laborers, who are completely honest and innocent of past wrongdoing.

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  • May 29, 2011
    Lighthearted caper concerns two career criminals who assemble a hand-picked team to rob an unscrupulous millionaire. They hire immigrants they believe will be underestimated with the required skills but no criminal experience. The struggling actor, the chauffer, the television repairman, etc. It's an eclectic group. Bright, colorful production coupled with a sincere and unaffected desire to entertain. Make no mistake, this is fairly typical stuff. It kind of plays out like a Spanish language version of an American heist movie with actors from telenovelas. It's almost impossible to describe without comparing it to Ocean's 11. True, it gets a bit routine at times, but it's also extremely entertaining and in no way boring. That Hollywood series ultimately came come off as somewhat smug, particularly by Oceans 13. What makes this Mexican film with English subtitles unique is in its utter lack of pretension. The story's structure is decidedly old-fashioned. The script is definitely funny, but it never feels like it's trying hard to be hip and that sincerity is refreshing. The title, from a Latin-American proverb that translates "the thief who robs a thief earns 100 years of forgiveness".
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2010
    Funny and yet brilliant robbery of a informercial guru...that deserved to get robbed. Nobody deserves it but if wrong can revenge wrong....why not go for it! Worth seeing to find out if they pull it off. Check it out.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2008
    well clearly they wanted to make it like ocean's movies 11 12 13 but fortunately they are as far as the coldest planet in this galaxy is from us but should we despair for that no I hope the learn and excell in making movie each time more!!! Two former thieves reunite to rob the biggest thief they know -- Moctesuma Valdez, a TV infomercial guru who's made millions selling worthless health products to poor Latino immigrants. When none of t...( read more )heir affiliates want to go undercover as day laborers to pull off the heist, the two men turn to the real thing for help.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2007
    A modest, moderately clever heist picture with a distinctly Hispanic flavor.
    William G Super Reviewer

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