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"Write When You Get Work" doesn't work. Not as a romance, not as a Robin Hood-tinged caper flick, not as a social commentary on racial inequity or classism, and not as a male-buddy picture.
With zero romance and nonsensical thrills, the only legitimate theft here is of the viewer's time.
There are some interesting things going on, and some insight into New York's economic hierarchy, but the film veers off into a hard-to-believe crime heist, and, ultimately, none of it really hangs together.
Neither remotely credible nor more than minimally entertaining, Stacy Cochran's New York City romance, "Write When You Get Work," presents rich folk as gullible idiots and blue-collar crooks as heroes.
The core of the film is Ruth and Jonny's backstory, which is dosed out in frustrating droplets but is nonetheless affecting.
It should be a scathing study of class and privilege, but it's not sharp enough for that to work.
Its resolution may have been playful and funny when used 40 years ago in a certain Jackie Chan film, but here it's just twee.
Wittrock, Keller and Mortimer make this quirky film interesting. They bring a freshness to their roles and the screenplay isn't half bad either.
The beginning of Write When You Get Work, while inviting, levies the movie with a novel approach, but doesn't keep it together.
Be prepared for some loco twists and turns and to admit you were too quick to judge. It's a hard edged story that has us on our toes till the end.
It's a hodgepodge; a love story, a heist movie, social satire. Yet none of them work. The love story is creepy at times. The heist isn't that exciting and has very low stakes. And the social satire has no bite.
Just clever enough and characters just winning enough to hold our interest long enough to be surprised at the end
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