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You cannot figure out the end by the start of the movie, the jokes are extremely witty and sly, understated and performed exactly right. Alan Rickman, Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz are awesome. You didn't want anyone else in each role. It's perfect. We don't enjoy a lot of movies these days. The smart, dry and hysterical humor, like the kind you have to catch in Shakespeare plays (no this isn't Shakespeare) is here. If you love pitch perfect, well done acting that doesn't rely on goofing around or bathroom jokes, here's your movie. Finally!
as a diehard coen brothers fan, i have to mention this quirk: the screenplay is by the coen brothers but is "mise en scène" by michael hoffman. if you know the coen brothers movies, the effect is uncanny. at some points you can see the coen visual humor blossom on the screen -- for example, the texas mobile home, the blustery femininity of the texas cowgirl, the natty demeanor of the art forger. but other scenes, such as the prolonged shenanigans in the savoy hotel, seem cut from a late ernst lubitsch caper. this puts a peculiar burden on colin firth as the caper mastermind, who must get punched in the face like nicholas cage in "raising arizona" but look unflappably suave with no pants on running around the savoy hotel. the good news is that firth is quite good at striking the balance ("did you say, room *thirteen* eighteen?") and the comedy amalgam of coen and lubitsch is great fun to watch.