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A salesman's search for a rare musical instrument sets off a series of dramatic consequences.
AKA The Convincer Good cast in rental only plot. I can't imagine the theatrical version is worth viewing at all, as it's 20 min. shorter than the DC.
This movie's always entertaining and amusing, but I still figured out where it was going pretty early on, and that served to undercut some of the film's overall effectiveness. Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin are as fun to watch as always, and Billy Crudup really shines in his role, especially because I've never seen him play a character like this. But again, this movie's predictability prevents it from being anything really worthwhile or memorable.
I have now seen both versions of this film. The directors version, originally titled The Convincer, being way better than the sloppy reedited version released to theaters.
Cool story, but don't not the kind of movie you have playing in the background. don't take your eyes off for a second!
Cute, well done little yarn.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Takes far too long to set up the conflict. After it finally does, it starts getting somewhat interesting, but ruins the chance it had at being an OK film by a thoroughly disappointing third act. It's the lazily written voice-over explanation of everything that happened that led to the finish, complete with a montage of previous scenes showing what was previously hidden to the viewer. SO MUCH HATE for the spoon-fed explanation.
The bottom-line... A total waste of 3 great acting performances on a lazy, mostly shitty script.
The Good: Kinnear, Arkin, and Crudup are all outstanding; especially Arkin as the bemused yet charming old man, and Crudup as an erratic psycho.
The Bad: Act 1 and Act 3... especially the spoon-fed finale.
Not recommended... this type of film has been done far better.
At first, I thought this was a big screen adaptation of the board game from Pressman Toy Corporation...instead it's a crime movie that takes place in a city not far from me and that's cool....at least for me it is.
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Pretty awesome movie. Full of great twists and turns that reminds me of Fargo somewhat because of the weather and environment.