Reviewed by: Hillari Hunter
|Featuring||Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino, Dermot Mulroney, Linda Fiorentino|
|Director||Bettiann Fishman, Marek Kanievska, Marek Kanieuska, Thomas Burstyn|
|Producer||Beau E.L. Marks, Tony Scott, Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Chris Sievernich, Moritz Borman, Ridley Scott, Chris Zarpas, Charles Weinstock, Chris Zarpa|
What’s supposed to be a lighthearted crime caper, quickly loses its wit after legendary bank robber Harry (Paul Newman) is found out to be faking a stroke by Carol (Linda Florentino), a smart nurse who’s tired of her predictable life. It’s not long before she convinces the old man to participate in a big heist. Her husband Wayne (Dermot Mulroney) goes along with the plan because she wants to do it so badly.
There were many chances to address the plight of the elderly in nursing homes, but none were taken. There also wasn’t enough insight into Carol’s need to have more excitement into her life, and the conflict that desire created between her and Wayne. The actual heist scenes don’t build much suspense, and there are few laughs.
There is a sex scene between Carol and Wayne where they are (unknowingly) observed by Harry, and a few other suggestive scenes, but little profanity. Audiences might also be offended by how easily Carol subscribes to a life of crime, and leads her husband into it. Not one of Newman’s best films.