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High Heels & Low Lifes [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Kevin McNally , Minnie Driver , Mel Smith    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin McNally, Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack, Mark Williams, Danny Dyer
  • Directors: Mel Smith
  • Writers: Kim Fuller, Georgia Pritchett
  • Producers: Barnaby Thompson, Kim Fuller, Nicky Kentish Barnes, Uri Fruchtmann
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY41
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,460 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



With its limp efforts to mix comedy and drama, High Heels and Low Lifes is in many ways a faltering attempt to combine the most successful aspects of recent British cinema. Directed by Mel Smith (whose The Tall Guy was unarguably a fine film), the movie tries to work the modern gangster genre into a more farcical setting. By basing his film on the story of two friends Frances (Mary McCormack) and Shannon (Minnie Driver), Smith is aiming for a Thelma & Louise feel, but falls some way short of the mark.

Having literally stumbled into a local bank robbery, the pair devise a plan to blackmail the gang behind the heist--a plan that descends into a rather predictable farce. McCormack certainly makes energetic use of the limited material she has to work with, and while kudos must go to Driver for picking a low-budget British film, she simply has been much better in her Hollywood work (notably the more understated humour of Grosse Pointe Blank). Indeed, its female leads aside, the cast is almost predominantly assembled from British television comedy shows, with Mark Williams from The Fast Show and Big Train's Danny Dyer acquitting themselves particularly well. Overall, though, it's not an awful lot to write home about.

On the DVD: High Heels and Low Lifes the DVD, like the film itself, is fairly average. The soundtrack (a vibrant mix of old and new) certainly sounds good and Smith's snappy visual style is well represented. The special features, however, fail to offer us anything particularly new or exciting, featuring the now standard featurette, audio commentary from Smith and writer Kim Fuller, and a peculiar thing called an "action overload"--essentially the trailer without the voiceover. --Phil Udell

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Take a nurse, with a boyfriend who'd rather listen in on others' telephone conversations, and an out of work actor, who are short on money but have plenty of brains; add some bank robbers who are short of brains but have plenty of money. What do you get? A funny, but action-packed film that will get you laughing so much you'll have to watch it again - to catch the important (but tiny) aspects of the plot that you missed whilst you were laughing.
The box of tissues might come in handy too, if you cry when you laugh hard.
A great British film, maybe comparable to 'A fish called Wanda'.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Ok I was kinda forced to watch this in the cinema by my female friend. I have to admit I bought the ticket thinking what have I let myself in for!
But hey I loved every moment. It made my laugh, cry and had plenty of suspense to keep the average viewer glued. It had big guns and shooting for the boys and lipstick glamour for the girls! it really is a laugh out loud comedy for all.
The plot is solid and the characters are played perfectly by the talented actors. This movie really deserved to be a box office smash and has firmly become one of my favouraite movies.
I made my cousin buy me the DVD for my birthday and it was still as good as I remembered if not better! The features were good and informative, but the film alone would have been enough.
My advice is: just go and watch it! You will not regret it! Don't let his gem slip by you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant girlie send up.. 14 Feb 2008
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This is a brilliant girlie send up of Lock stock and two smoking barrels. It is a comedy. It is very funny and is also an action movie with a plot that just might, with a leap of imagination, get near to what the reality could be! The ineptitude of the villains makes them more real not less, and their menacing brutality all the more fun. The girls run rings round them through a combination of luck, circumstance and quick thinking. If you want to be entertained, buy this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daftly brilliant 21 April 2008
This is a minor gem, a daftly brilliant British comedy which never aspires to be anything more than Brit-gangster meets Ealing comedy. In the classic Ealing tradition, it trades heavily on the uniquely British comedic possibilities of a series of deceptions which spiral out of control, with increasingly unsustainable impersonations.

For some reason, the British fascination with identity comedy doesn't travel well, and unlike Hugh-Grant floppy haired romanticism, or anarchic Pythonism, these kind of films never seem to get good write ups. Amazon's own review (and also the Radio Times one), in my view, reflect this more than they reflect the film itself.

Anyway, I've watched this film twice, and fully intend to watch it five or six times more. It's charming, energetic, fun, and just on this side of believable. If you enjoy this film, you might also consider watching 'The Steal' and 'Blame it on the Bellboy'.


PS: It's also touching in the simplicity of its research: at the end of the film, a million pounds (with something left over) is enough to equip a new casualty unit including buying an MRI scanner -- and that in 2001. If only they knew how much stuff really cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little gem and not just a chick flick 7 Jun 2009
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It was bought on a whim, the price being a major deciding factor. But it turned out to be a very good black comedy. Once or twice it was laugh out loud and there was some hilarious dialogue and verbal jokes. The direction could have been firmer as it did wander a bit at times, but suspend belief and let the film take you. Driver was her normal good value for money and the rest of the cast were generally her equal. It gets four stars just because of the price and my wife said it should. So perhaps more of a chick flick than I thought.

I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun fun 9 May 2009
Mel Smith directed comedy that could have been terrible but is brilliant. Thanks to great turns from the likes of Kevin McInally, Minnie Driver and Mark Williams; the characterisations are vivid, the action non-stop and the daft plot is a hoot. Great film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST IN CASE 18 Aug 2007
Dud it certainly isn`t, very very funny, typical of Mel Smith. It does have a limited audience appeal ie. if you don`t have a sense of humour don`t watch, but, if like me you love to laugh get your hands on a copy now. I love the ending, it is in perfect harmony with the whole film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny 9 Jan 2014
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i love this film it is quite corny but it is a real girly film and makes me feel good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this film
Nice and funny easy to watch film how have i missed this film. The plot and characters make the film enjoyable with som eclassic funny moments
Published 5 months ago by M E Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Again a great movie well acted, well plotted, keeps you on the edge of your seat but with sheer enjoyment and laughs.
Published 8 months ago by Teresa Mary Millward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a typical British "feel good" film with a good blend of good british and american actors doing good acting and just the right amount of suspense, witty dialogue and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Madeleine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun!
I saw this film years ago and loved it then Im glad I seeked it out again it is excellent, corny fun.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs R
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is such a great british film, the ultimate in girl power without resorting to superpowers. Brilliant script, directing, editing and casting, I just can't fault it.
Published 16 months ago by Pixz
3.0 out of 5 stars fast and fun
If you take the plot with a pinch of salt I can quite happily say you will enjoy this fast actioned 'girl power' film. The leads are excellent and gel together really well. Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by Freddie Flintstone
2.0 out of 5 stars a dud
The directing is amateurish, the film is utterly lacking in atmosphere, and the interview with Mel Smith, in which at one point he compares himself to Alfred Hitchcock, is... Read more
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