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Product Description

Leslie Greif directs this adaptation of Ray Cooney's hit British play, a throwback farce about mistaken identity. Chevy Chase plays Henry Perkins, a listless late-middle-aged executive in a wax fruit company; his wife, Carol (Penelope Ann Miller), is similarly bored, a struggling sculptor and housewife in Hoboken, NJ. On his way home from work to a surprise birthday party Carol is throwing, he accidentally switches briefcases with a Russian mobster. He opens the suitcase at a local bar and discovers five million dollars inside. He rushes home and tries to arrange a flight to Barcelona for Carol and him so they can take the money and run. Detective Sergeant Genero (Armand Assante) shows up later; he saw Henry at the bar and is suspicious of his actions. The Perkins, along with their friends Vic and Gina Johnson (Christopher McDonald and Alex Meneses), concoct an elaborate plan to fool the detective, which is only complicated by Carol getting sloppy drunk, the arrival of a homicide detective (Kevin Sussman), a famous gallery owner (Rebecca Wisocky), Henry's boss (Robert Loggia), a frustrated standup comic cabbie ( Guy Torry), two more identical briefcases, and the party guests.

Features:Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1/16x9) • All About The Money • Looking For Comedy In Romania • Behind-The-Scenes • Poster & Still Gallery

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When a movie title has the word "funny" in it, viewers have an expectation that the film will incite at least a few laughs. In Funny Money, mild-mannered white-collar accountant Henry Perkins (Chevy Chase) literally stumbles upon a bag full of money, through a series of improbable mishaps. Mayhem ensues when he finds himself the illegal recipient of a few million dollars. Since it's mob money--and since he doesn't want the tough guys to think he stole from them--Henry does what anyone would do: He steals from them and then tries to outsmart the Mob. This movie isn't without a few chortles, but the problem with Funny Money is it's not nearly as humorous as the characters seem to believe it is. And the people we most care about are given thankless roles. Penelope Ann Miller can always be counted on to balance sexiness with astute comedic timing. But here, as Henry's put-upon wife, Miller's skills are wasted and spends too much time off screen. In the end, the film plays like a tired and overly long version of a Saturday Night Live skit. --Jae-Ha Kim

Special Features

  • "All About the Money" featurette
  • "Looking for Comedy in Romania" featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Poster and still gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Penelope Ann Miller, Armand Assante, Christopher McDonald, Robert Loggia
  • Directors: Leslie Greif
  • Writers: Harry Basil, Leslie Greif, Ray Cooney
  • Producers: Barbara Kearney, Brad Siegel, Cary Glieberman, Cindy Carroll
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPS49I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Funny Money" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Thompson VINE VOICE on October 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I am a fan of Chevy Chase and he is good in this movie. Miller is good too. All the acting is good. The problem with the movie is plot. It is his birthday, he finds the money, his wife gets "discovered" as an artist, and the wife is having a surprised birthday party for him. So many small things to wrong in the movie to keep the certain characters in the plot, it makes the whole thing uncomfortable. It is like a "Fawlty Towers" episode on steroids without the laughs. There a few chuckles in the movie, but it just doesn't justify the frenetic pacing. Penelope does the best she can with a strange role. She plays a depressed drunk for most of the movie. Chevy hits his part just right, but he isn't given much to work with. Even before I read that it was a movie made from a play, I knew it was a movie made from a play. It had a claustrophobic feel. Most of the action takes place within the house.

The movie frustrated me more than made me laugh. It just was not funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Nunemacher on August 27, 2007
Format: DVD
This movie was developed from a stage play and shows it. Unlike most movies adapted from plays (think Harvey here) the director kept most of the action in a limited confine, the brownstone in New York.

I made it through the first 45 minutes or so then left it to play while I went and cleaned the kitchen. Nothing I heard of the remaining movie made me come in to watch anything happening on the screen. It became just background noise.

Chevy Chase and Penelope Ann Miller seemed to be trying their best to rescue this dog, but even good actors can't work with poor material! Bypass this and choose something else to see either of these stars.
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In January of 2007 this movie debuted in limited release on four screens, pulled in less than $2000, and hopefully those few people demanded a refund.

The director and the cast should have panicked sometime during filming when it became clear that the movie had only one joke, not amusing the first time around, but repeated over and over in every scene until I finally had to give up on this film in disgust.

I liked Chevy Chase early in his career in TV and film, but his talents have dissipated even more quickly than his hair. He walks thru this film with no flair or style whatsoever. This has been all too common in some of his later efforts.

A sad waste of time for everyone involved, especially the viewer.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 17, 2007
Format: DVD
Some things just sound better with a British accent, and that's the problem with this American adaptation of the farcical play by Ray Cooney. Obviously intended for the British stage and audience, the plot is about the complications that arise when the lead character Henry Perkins (an ancient looking Chevy Chase) accidentally switches briefcases with a tough-looking guy on the train, and discovers that he is the new custodian of a large and undoubtedly illegal fortune in notes and bearer bonds.

Perkins decides to take the money and run, but his young wife (Penelope Ann Miller) remains unconvinced. The arrival of an undercover cop (Armand Assante), and a comedian moonlighting as a cab driver (or vice versa), and then their friends Vic and Betty, followed by another police officer, and then even more minor characters, leads to an amazing and absolutely befuddling sequence of variable identities, assumption-leaping and confusion that could only come from the pen of funnyman Cooney.

What the film lacked was the dry and bawdy (yet always hysterically funny) British comedic inflections and delivery, which made some of the truly great moments fall rather flat. The cast does their best given the Americanization of the plot, but this would have been a heck of a movie with a British cast. This version - 3.5 stars

Amanda Richards, August 18, 2007
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By irene on July 17, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
we got this movie one week before the due date.
then in a week we had to watch it 2 times. OMG. this is the years movie.
we always love CHAVY CHASE, but here:when he telling the wife , just pack in 5 minutes, and he is telling the visitors:i hired 2 men playing like police officer.
its a best best movie.
recommend the seller to everybody. thank you: IRENE
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By Megan Smith on September 15, 2014
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just simply funny! great movie to see and own!! i love the cast too..
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The movie was delivered promptly and worked well. A funny movie.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Milot on September 19, 2013
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A good comedy for Chevy Chase fans. This film is a sleeper compared to other Chevy Chase films. Supported by an excellent cast.
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