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The Ladykillers [DVD] [2004]
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2005
This is soooo bad!
I couldnt finish it, theres so much wrong with it.
They Coen brothers have made a real stinker. The little old lady in the original was trusting, naive and very sweet. In this version the old lady is far too formidable.
I like Tom Hanks but his acting is just awful in this movie, but I dont think he's wholly to blame.
Its just sooooo dull.
Dont wast your time on this, life is too short.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2008
As others have said, i rate Tom Hanks and the Wayan's brothers (which is why i also bought it cause if they were in it, it was sure to be good) but what on earth happened with this film? I had seen the trailer on another DVD and thought it looked quite funny. How wrong can you be. It was so boring and senseless I didn't even get to the end and it was back on here for sale within an hour!!! I would really reccommned that you save your pennies and not buy this film. What a let down!!!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2004
Normally I love Coen Brothers films. But they've made a stinker here - I had to stop half way through before I fell asleep. Tom Hanks gives a terrible performance and there is none of the usual charm or black humour you would normally associate with their work. Give this a miss.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2010
Absolutely dreadful. The original is so good and this is so bad, it's worth watching just to compare and marvel. Just mind boggling.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Whilst I can see why and that it's automatic for originals to be compared with remakes, it's probably only us not so old/oldies that would even have heard of, let alone seen the 1955 original. A half-century gap and it's not as if one can nip into Blockbuster and get an old black & white Ealing comedy out.

No, it's not as good as the Alexander Mackendrick directed movie but that's partly because Joel & Ethan Coen haven't copied it, or even re-made it. On many fronts, it's a different film entirely. They obviously loved the original premise and have indelibly stamped their own black comedy and directorial flourishes onto it, plus some great twists at the end.

Because, unlike the Ealing, it's set for comedy, it can only be so good, given the limitations. Comments about the robust, Southern black woman that the gang infiltrate, who is far too much of a tour de force for the film to work, are missing the point. SHE is the comedy, whilst the supporting cast add - or possibly detract from - the whole set-up. Moving it all from the East End to (I guess) the Mississippi makes it as American as it can be - can you envisage a timid, naive black woman playing that role? Similarly, our very English stereotype is that quaint old dear, who inadvertently becomes a hero.

Anyways, the comedy for us Brits is hit and miss and too broad for many, which when mixed with the perceived messing with our National Treasure, make it sit even more awkwardly. I'm certainly not pro American but the Coen bros have made some very fine films - and while this certainly isn't one of those, it does deserve more credit than is often given.
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on 7 February 2014
Bit of a confession, that but I enjoyed this version. Clearly farcical by intent, Tom Hanks played the part well and the rest of the cast were also good. Not the best film in the world but I feel some of the criticism I have read has been a bit harsh.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2008
This is absolutely dire! Who could ever have thought that this monstrosity of a film was going to do any justice to the original Ealing Comedy? The Cohen Brothers obviously have no understanding of what the original film portrayed. Was the swearing thrown in to try to grab a laugh when everything else failed? If so, it didn't work. The original is still available - settle down and enjoy the film as it should be, and avoid this appalling piece of rubbish like the plague.
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on 20 April 2013
This has a lot of bad language in it which I found unacceptable and unnecessary. I couldn't stand the film. But; I bought it for my other half and he quite enjoyed it. It isn't a patch on the original though. We both agree on that.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2005
How the men who gave us original classics like 'Fargo', 'The man who wasn't there' and 'The Big Lebowski', can resort to making a rehash of an old Ealing comedy is beyond me. In their quest for mainstream success the Coen's have slipped into lazy film making that tries to be everything to everyone, and ends up being nothing short of dull. The Ladykillers is a film lacking the suspense, comedy and superb acting of the 50's original. While Alec Guinness must be spinning in his grave, lets hope Joel and Ethan Coen can get their act together and make a movie befitting their their past efforts.
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on 16 January 2013
Tom Hanks is in good form as the nutty professor with a leaning towards bugs bunny, rest of the cast are also very good. If you like Cohen Brothers films you will like this.
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