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Luke Wilson plays Jesse, a convict getting out of prison after a theft, and who is getting married to his sweetheart, Hope (Drew Barrymore). Along for the ride are his best friends (Dean Cain as a former Green Beret, who is gay; Mitchell Whitfield as the lawyer Saul, who was Wilson's lawyer; Andy Dick as the nerdy Teddy, who is in a bad marriage; and Sean Patrick Flannery, who plays Billy and is secretly the philanthropic bank robber known as Hamlet because he spouts off lines from the play when he robs the banks. Billy doesn't tell his buddies that he's planning on robbing a bank before the wedding, but one thing leads to another and all the men are holed up in the bank with the local sheriff (Fred Ward) who also happens to be Billy's father! Soon, the inevitably nasty FBI comes in, headed by the sadistic and cold agent, played with malevolent glee by the durable and dependable Raymond J. Barry (Dead Man Walking, The Chamber).
The movie moves from some very humorous scenes to a devastating finale. This dramedy works because the performances are top notch and the script while manipulative is honest. Brad Dourif gives one of his best performances since "Cuckoo's Nest" as the mentally challenged Vietnam vet. Fred Ward, Dean Cain, Sean Patrick Flannery and Mitchell Whitfield are also excellent. It's the best work I've seen Cain do.
The movie entertained me immensely, and I would recommend it to audiences who enjoy a dramatic comedy! Or is it a comic drama?
To quote the back of the movie:
"Hope's (Barrymore) big mistake on her wedding day was sending the groomsmen to collect her jailbird fiance Jesse (Wilson) from Prison. For on the way from the penitentiary, the best man, Billy (Flanery), decides he needs a little cash infusion from the town bank...so he holds it up! But's it's not long before all of the groomsmen are held up - when the cops surround the place! And since neither hell nor high water will stop Hope from having her day...she rushes in to join her fugitive wedding party, at the risk of spending her honeymoon - not to mention the rest of her life- behind bars."
It was a wonderful cast of Drew, Luke Wilson, Dean Cain, Andy Dick, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Mitchell Whitfield. A good description of this movie is a different kind of shotgun wedding.
I would also recommend "The House of Yes" to those who enjoy the dark comedies....
This movie has something that a lot of others lack - originality. I was kept entertained throughout the entirity of this movie, as were other people that I have recommended this movie to.
This movie definitely definitely gets two thumbs up from me.
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Hollywood ain't what it used to be. We suffered through this movie for 15 minutes before giving up on it.Published 17 days ago by Geezer & Wife
This is possibly the worst movie ever made . bad acting, bad character developement, bad plot, unrealistic fight scenes, and drew barrymores face. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by natezgreat422
A guy gets out of prison and is met by his friends as they all are going to the guy's wedding. Along the way they stop at a bank. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by ellison
A lot of fun with every charter playing at the top of their game. This is a very funny movie and worth your time. Don't miss it.Published on July 1, 2013 by Ray Macmeeken
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