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Best Laid Plans 1999 R CC

3.6 out of 5 stars (47) IMDb 6.2/10

Nick is caught in a dead end job in a dead end town, and finds only trouble when he goes after a plan to make some easy money and a quick escape.

Starring:
Alessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Mike Barker
Starring Alessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon
Supporting actors Josh Brolin, Gene Wolande, Jonathan McMurtry, Terrance Sweeney, Rebecca Klingler, Rocky Carroll, Kate Hendrickson, Owen Bush, Jesse Woodrow, Jamie Marsh, Michael McCleery, Terrence Howard, Sean Nepita, Jody Wood, Teddy Vincent, José Mendoza, Mike Hagerty, Jane Morris
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: DVD
This film was much better than I expected. I was expecting some mediocre teen movie but this is stunning. A great simple story: a couple try to rip someone off to pay back a debt. What could be simpler? How about when everything goes wrong? Do not want to give anything away but this story had a great and unexpected twist. The build up is very convincing and even when you think the story is going down one alley, it doesn't.
Reese Witherspoon and Alessandro Nivola are wonderful as the lovers trying to get out of Tropico: a dead end town and Josh Brolin does a convincing job as a hysterical up and coming yuppie who thinks he has committed the ultimate crime.
There are plenty of magic elements: the economics-major thug professing Adam Smith as a justification for violence, Nivola's way of avoiding a TV advert giving the game away and the cause of the brushfire are just three.
Watch this and enjoy the treat and if you see it on DVD see if you agree that the alternate ending is much better: positive but not as upbeat.
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Format: VHS Tape
Well, I think that thrillers often get a little overdone. Anyone who watches many movies will probably agree. I felt like this movie was one movie that stayed believable, yet still kept the audience enthralled in the storyline.
This movie started off kind of slow, which may irk some of the viewers who want to get into it. However, this movie had one of the best and unpredictable endings in a thriller I've ever seen. This alone made the movie worth it.
I thought the young actors, notably Reese Witherspoon, were admirable in their roles. There was not really any bad acting in this movie. The script was well founded, and I thought that this was an original and creative idea.
Many of the twists of the movie are explained through characters actions rather than overt telling of plot sequences. This is a movie that starts a bit of a ways in, then retraces its steps, and then continues on through the movie.
If you are a moviegoer that enjoys twists and unpredictable endings, then I think this is the movie to watch.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
What I love about this is the Quality that Blu ray gives us, this Movie on a regular dvd is so much darker looking. With this blu ray it really pops and is so much more defined.You see far better and its so crisp. The sound is also far better as this is what blu ray gives us. I liked the story very much as it is different from so many of the Hollywood story lines. I also Loved the fact that you see Reese younger as she was coming up and in a different type of character that shows you just how great of an actress she truly is and why she became such a big star. I just love Reese's work and she was very good in this as well. The performances are there, the whole cast does a great job, the writing is fine, the plot is solid and the story moves along.Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, Josh Brolin,Rocky Carroll,Terrence Howard,Rebecca Klingler, Mike Hagerty all faces and actors and actresses you will know and all when they were a little younger and very little known. I Highly recommend this to all and with Blu ray you will see it in a very clear way Plus you will see a young NCIS director Vance ( Rocky Carroll) who does a nice job. There are NO EXTRAS in this DVD it's just the movie with chapter search
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Format: DVD
The film catches your attention immediately, and doesn't let go until the climax, which is after we've encountered a few surprising plot twists.This film is fresh, and unpredictable. I like that in a film. It doesn't even aspire to be hip, it just comes naturally. This film substitues your average "thrill" with an intense, intelligent plot. Perhaps the people who have written other reviews wanted the typical shoot'em up hollywood ending. I,on the other hand, prefer something better. The film is great as it is, and far from typical.
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By LBC on August 21, 2003
Format: DVD
This film illistrates the human desire for freedom. A man (Nivola) has fallen in a hole and he needs cash fast. His girfriend (Witherspoon) goes to the extremes to dig him out. This is Witherspoons finest role yet. She takes you deep inside her characters mind and shows how love and compassion direct the character through her toughest decisions. Lissa (witherspoon) and her boyfriend (Nivola) need to get out of this town- find out what they will do to do so.
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Format: DVD
A scheme to deceive, doesn't quite go as intended, in Best Laid Plans (1999), an engaging little thriller that with a number of twists, takes you on an emotional ride.

Nick (Alessandro Nivola) has some heavy debts, and convinces his girlfriend Lissa (Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde) to act as bait, in a scheme entrap his wealthy friend Bryce (Josh Brolin, Men In Black III), and score some major cash. Things start out well, but the "best laid plans" soon go astray, as Nick is faced with a series of unexpected complications. The story has some tense moments, and generally holds your interest, although the ultimate resolution is kind of a letdown.

Rated R, but with a made for cable TV vibe, this is a decent, but probably not particularly memorable thriller. The DVD release by 20th Century Fox, features a commentary track from director Mike Barber, a promo featurette, and nine deleted scenes, that help flesh out the story.
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