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Settlement [DVD] [1999] [US Import]

John C. Reilly , William Fichtner , Mark Steilen    DVD

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Funny 5 April 2000
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The Settlement is a gem of a black comedy, darker than darker, with a rich script full of sharp Mamet-like dialogue and a sensational cast that keeps this noir-thriller bubbling along with unexpected twists. It's the kind of video store rental that you make almost accidentally, yet find yourself calling friends to recommend. Full of recognizable faces--John C. Reilly, William Fichtner, Kelly McGillis--the movie's dry sense of humor and dead-on cast combine to form a perfect evening's entertainment. You'll notice I've avoided any description of the plot--the less you know, the more fun you'll have. Suffice to say that it involves two schemers with a viatical life insurance company who end up employing desperate measures to insure their own financial security. Great performances, solid writing, stylish direction--The Settlement is the kind of I-Never-Heard-About-This-Flick-Before-But-It-Sounds-Interesting experience that pays off bigtime. Take a chance and enjoy!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! Watch it! 24 May 2000
By cori drasin - Published on
This is an undiscovered gem! I love the performances, the script, the mood, the way the plot develops...and of course, it has fichtner and reilly....please watch this...its what movies are all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 10 July 2001
By AmyM - Published on
This movie is far from the usual 'let's rent a movie tonight honey'. It is unique with an unpredictable plot, that has you guessing all along! Black comedy at its best and a movie like no other.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good little neo-noir 12 Nov 2003
By LGwriter - Published on
Boasting a solid cast, The Settlement does not disappoint. The tale of two ambulance chasing insurance policy sharks--played with flair and edginess by the great John C. Reilly and William Fichtner--this is a sharp piece of filmmaking by writer-director Mark Seilen. In the 80s, their business--Viable Settlements--does so well that Jerry (Fichtner) buys a huge gaudy 8-bedroom house, about 90% of the space of which he doesn't need. He equates the trappings of his success with an obvious part of the male anatomy, for which there are numerous nicknames (he's fond of using one in particular).
But in the 90s, their business--based on cashing in on terminally ill patients--goes bust. Into their lives comes Barbara, an astoundingly sexy femme fatale, played to the hilt by Kelly McGillis. She claims to have an inoperable brain tumor that will result in her death in only three months, the payoff for which is a big fat two mil. All she wants up front is a quarter of that. Being down--WAY down--on their luck, the boys come up with the money through decidedly illicit means.
The twists and turns, while not really unexpected, are fun to watch, and the actors all do a great job, relishing their noir roles with real gusto. Along for the ride as well are David Rasche as an arrogant surgeon, Dan Castellaneta (remember him from all those Fox TV shows?) as a grateful customer, and Stuart Pankin as a helpful attorney.
While noticeably obscure, this is nevertheless a fun film and not a time-waster at all.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It pays to read other purchasers' reviews 9 July 2003
By "roseofroscommon" - Published on
This movie has turned out to be one of my favorites and I have the reviews and their authors to thank. These two "character actors", William Fichtner and John C. Reilly, have leading man potential. Wonder why no one in Hollywood gets it. We, the viewers, know. Oh, I forgot, William Fichtner WAS cast as one of the two male leads in "Passion of Mind", primarily to carry the movie and make Demi Moore look good - which he did, easily. I knew he was a fine comic actor. I saw "Drowning Mona" and he and Jamie Lee Curtis shine. John C. Reilly really came through in "Chicago". Thanks to all who recommended this gem.
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