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Quick Change makes the most of its clever premise with a smartly skewed heist comedy that leaves plenty of room for its talented cast to shine.
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The movie has a comfy, lived-in feel; it doesn't beat you over the head for laughs, or take its horrors-of-New York theme too seriously. Smile and enjoy.
[Murray's] glancing, genial sarcasm buoys the action for the first half-hour. Then this caper comedy sinks into a puddle of urban rancor.
Neither ambitious nor particularly memorable, but it's brought off with a sly flair that makes it most enjoyable.
Not likely to set the world alight, but a neat and engaging little comedy of bad manners.
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.
Bill Murray dresses up as a clown to take hostages and rob a New York bank. Funny? Guess again.
A funny, quirky and engaging very NYC dark comedy.
Plenty of '80s comedies would've just ridden the clown-robbing-a-bank premise for 90 minutes. Instead, 'Quick Change' tosses off its twist twenty minutes in, discovering that the real achievement is not knocking off a bank, but getting out of New York.
Smarter, even more literate, than it needs to be.
Quick Change requires a leap of faith from the audience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Likeable heist movie made in Bill Murray's transitional period between comic and character actor. Clever with some good laughs and Murray is his enjoyably sardonic self
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