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This is quite a lovable heist film with a very off-the-wall humour. It is not like anything else, and the casting is superb: Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn make a funny double act of delusionals, catapulted via mistaken identities into a life of crime as safe crackers for which they have no aptitude. Kidnapped by a brightly track-suited Jewish mafioso Big Fat Bernie Gayle, they are forced to crack three safes as a dry run for a major job which turns out to be ludicrous; at the same time they keep bumping into the other pair who they have been taken for, played by Mark Ruffalo and Josh Pais. Absurdity is played up at every turn, jokes repeated so that they go from being funny to side-splitting. One of the best involves Sam (Rockwell's character's name!) who wears foam pads to make his bum look bigger. It at first seems like a possible misfire, but it is raised on a number of occasions and becomes a symbol for the character's insecurities. Michael Lerner is very good as Gayle, but you know that you have understood the film correctly when Harvey Fierstein appears as a gangster too, selling on stolen clothes. His monologue in the middle about a pair of exploding slacks is priceless, and he is absolutely pitch-perfect for the kind of thing it is. Paul Giamatti is brilliant too as Gayle's henchman who proves to be a useful breakdancer. How many films do you see where two inept safe-crackers are caught on the job and one of them - the one with the bum-padding - turns it into a successful pick-up of the young woman in question? She has just rejected Ruffalo's character, as it happens, who looks like a crestfallen stud drawn by Tom of Finland with his moustache and square jaw, but is a pussycat as well ...
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on 14 January 2011
In short, Giamatti is brilliant, as he is in most things. Sam Rockwell shows he was brilliant all along, and nobody knew it. Mark Ruffalo proves himself in a small comedic role, to great effect. While the plot and the continuing story are a little thin, the movie overall is a fun and entertaining 90 minutes, with a brilliant soundtrack to boot.
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on 10 May 2016
Worth watching for the cast more than the actual film.
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on 6 October 2014
So funny.
So very, very funny!!!
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