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A harmless game among friends escalates into a dangerous game of wits against a master criminal in writer/director William Phillips' taut sophomore thriller. For seven years, Kevin (Ryan Reynolds), Samantha (Kristin Booth), and Rob (Joris Jarsky) have mastered the homespun game Foolproof, in which they plan -- but never actually execute -- a series of elaborate, high-tech heists. When ruthless British gangster Leo arrives in town to case an upcoming diamond heist, his suspicions of the three harmless role-players soon lead him to believe he has some competition. Stealing their plans for the heist and pulling off the crime without a hitch, Leo subsequently threatens to implicate the trio with the crime lest they pull off an exceptionally tricky heist for him. As the three friends fall prey to the seasoned criminal and police soon begin to catch their scent, Kevin, Samantha, and Rob must use all of their resources to make it out of the daring heist alive

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  • Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Kristin Booth, Joris Jarsky, Sean Sullivan, Tara Slone
  • Directors: William Phillips
  • Writers: William Phillips
  • Producers: Andrea Mann, Atom Egoyan, Bill House, Colin Brunton, Peter Sussman
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (943 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000127ZC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Foolproof" on IMDb

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95 of 105 people found the following review helpful By a DVD buyer on January 31, 2005
Format: DVD
I had never heard of this Canadian film before, but had seen Ryan Reynolds in "Blade Trinity" recently as well as in "Van Wilder" and, having enjoyed his performances, quickly hunted down a few more of his lessor known films. And I am very glad I did because this film is a real hidden gem! If you enjoy heist/caper films, you will definitely enjoy this. It's not prefect (in fact, it may be just a bit predictable to the most experienced film-watchers) but this is a very slick, beautifully produced, skillfully directed, smartly written movie and is still a lot of fun to watch. Great acting here as well. Reynolds again was terrific in the lead. He is fast becoming one of my favorite actors and is the man to watch in the future. David Suchet is awesome as well as the suave villain. Alternating nicely between suspense, comedy and even a few breathless action sequences, this film is one the most enjoyable surprises I've seen in a long time. Definitely a keeper. An important note to DVD buyers however: There are TWO versions/editions of this film available! One is a single-disc edition distributed by DEJ in the US (the one sold here on Amazon). It is in FULLSCREEN only and is lacking in some of the special features. The other edition is a 2-disc edition distributed in Canada by Alliance-Atlantis. This one is in WIDESCREEN, has more special features (a featurette on the special efffects for example) and has the second disc (a CD) consisting of the complete soundtrack music to the film. The cover art of this Canadian edition is different as well, showing Reynolds, Suchet and Kristen Booth standing in front of a glowing blue vault. Just some info I thought anyone should know if they are thinking about buying the film.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on April 11, 2007
Format: DVD
You can tell what kind of role Ryan Reynold's is playing by getting a look at his facial hair. Stubble? Beard? Goatee? Why, then he's probably a ruff-n-buff take-no-guff rumbler, perhaps a cop or mercenary do-gooder. Clean shaven with a smarmy grin? Why, then he's probably a fast-talkin' slick-n-sassy womanizer who is struggling with personal demons in spite of his uber-confident exterior.

"Foolproof" is unique, not just because it was the most expensive and most widely released Canadian film for its time, but also because it showcases Reynolds as an enjoyable mix of both of his time-tested cinema personas. He isn't wholly one or the other. In this case, he is Kevin, an insurance claims investigator who, along with his friends Sam (Kristin Booth) and Rob (Joris Jarsky), spend their spare time figuring out "foolproof" plans for daring robberies and bold heists.

They don't ever actually plan to DO any of said robberies/heists; these are just brain exercises, you see, ways to expand the mind and flex one's mental muscles. (And here my idea of stretching the brain is doing crossword puzzles on the john.) Unfortunately, the paperwork on their latest project -- a flawless and meticulously crafted diamond caper -- is stolen and used, with all clues pointing back to them. The culprit, a mobster named Leo, recognizes their skill and coerces them into planning and pulling off one last "foolproof" stunt for him.

It's a caper movie on several levels, since Leo is not only taking advantage of but is also manipulating Kevin and his crew, splintering long-honored trusts, watering doubt where it was sown long ago.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Allison Fox on August 15, 2004
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I thought this Canadian movie was pretty well made. I love heist movies or films where they use really cool, high-tech ways of breaking into safes and other things... so this one was right up my alley. I can't say I was disappointed. The movie starts out with a group of three people who, for fun only, plan how to break into places and safes ... making their plans "foolproof" so that they are able to go off without a hitch (it's just a game to them). They never carry out their plans though ... until a set of their plans is stolen. Then a mob-like guy contacts them and makes them break into a safe for him. I don't want to give too much away because it has good twists and turns in it. But if you are looking for an entertaining, exciting, funny, interesting movie, definitely give this one a try. Ryan Renolds is a great actor - he made the movie better just by being it. The supporting cast was pretty good as well. It wasn't an award winning movie or anything, but for a night at home watching a decent movie... it's perfect. Also, check out the extras on the DVD. As stated in the Trivia section on IMDB, an interesting tidbit: The movie was not only the widest release of a Canadian movie in history (as of October 2003), but had a record-breaking marketing budget of $2 million.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 25, 2004
Format: DVD
Although FOOLPROOF's leading characters are talented young actors, the film's finest moments come from the delightful performance of that marvelous character actor, David Suchet (Hercule Poirot in the BBC Mystery series). Suchet plays Leo, a cunning, shrewd and acerbic front man, who blackmails our three heroes into doing a heist for him. Why? The three youngsters have been playing a game, devising foolproof heists for pleasure. Suchet, however, steals the plans for one of their heists, and it works beautifully, so he uses this to get the guys to do a 20 million dollar bonds theft.

The movie moves slowly to a rather unpredictable and clever ending, buoyed by Suchet's performance and of course by the charming leads: Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder, Boltneck) as Kevin, the insurance investigator somewhat nerd, who forms the moral conscience of the group; Kristin Booth, a perky, feisty and suggestively sensuous presence; and Joris Jarsky as Rob, the one member who really seems to want to make the bond exchange work. Why not? Suchet has slid him a hefty sum unknown to his comrades, who fail to notice his new clothes and new car? Hmmm.

FOOLPROOF is a refreshingly entertaining movie, that doesn't rely on gratuitous sex scenes or even any major violence. Well directed by William Phillips, this Canadian made film is quite surprisingly good.
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