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The Ladykillers (Widescreen Edition)
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"A laugh-out-loud movie thats quintessential Coen Brothers." -- Leonard Maltin, HOT TICKET
"Devastatingly funny! One of the most hilarious remakes youre likely to see." -- Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV
"Hanks creates one of the year's most amusing screen characters." -- Claudia Puig, USA TODAY
"Tom Hanks' first comic performance in more than a decade (and one of the best performances of his career." -- Sarah Chauncey, REEL.COM
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For one thing, I really enjoyed the "Seven Samurai" method of gathering the caper gang, with the individual introductions showcasing not their strengths but their unique foibles and own personal brands of idiocy to be concentrated once they are gathered into Tom Hanks' professorial circle of "musician" thieves. On one hand, they work well together, their ostensible reasons for hiring being their professed qualifications; but as their acquaintances deepen, the broad individual comedy becomes syncretic and we are treated to the amusing spectacle of a bungling ex-hippie liberal civil rights activist spouting his old left-wing dogma to a modern gangsta black man who just doesn't give a crap "because I don't vote." The resumes are delicately presented by Hanks' too-genteel Professor Dorr; I guffawed when he introduced "The General" (Tzi Ma in a wonderfully understated and yet physically deft performance reminiscent of W.C. Fields or a dachshund-take your pick) as a man with "massive tunneling experience in the jungles of Southeast Asia," thus suggesting the Viet Cong without coming out and saying it.Read more ›
1. it is a remake of the 1955 movie with the same title and
2. because it is one of their most mainstream films.
I don't care - "The Ladykillers" has Coens' signatures all over - it is very funny, very dark, and uniquely beautiful visually - just remember the opening scene with two scary gargoyles and the garbage barge.
The film is, very briefly, the story of a small band of incompetent thieves who decide to try and fleece a floating casino in Mississippi. The plot may be a little thin, but it's a good enough premise to keep you watching. What shines in this film is the dialog and the acting. The opening scene of the film, of an old woman going to the local police department, not to complain about the loud music of a local kid's boom box, but to ask the sheriff to help the kid, is just hilarious. The cops are napping on the job, the woman is all fired up with good Christian intentions and the actress (I don't know her name offhand) delivers an extremely funny line about rap music that I won't spoil.
The rest of the film just follows the the robbers on their journey into crime and, again, while the plot is a bit thin, the actors (and, in particular, Tom Hanks) are absolutely enjoyable.
If you're looking for a funny film for a hot summer night, you'll like this. The negative reviews seem so hostile you'd think the movie cost a few hundred bucks. Hey, you can get a used copy for a buck or two: if you hate it, you've got a coaster at the very least or you can donate it to a local book sale. But my guess is that you'll come away thinking you've discovered an under-appreciated comic treasure.
This is a very funny and fun movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic dark comedy that may start slow, but never disappoints. One of my personal favorites!Published 12 days ago by RedHolly
I like the characters and funny storyline, but it's ruined by multiple F Bombs. I don't mind hearing a few during a movie, but when "F" dominates the dialogue, then in my... Read morePublished 29 days ago by L. Barlow
Dreadful. I confess I jumped ship about twenty minutes in. Cliche-ridden. Stereotype-ridden. Yet another in a spate of recent Hollywood films that portray Americans as either... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Tinker
Hilarious, and a funny plot. A darker comedy, I didn't give it 5 because it was hard to understand the dialogue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Holly S Rivney
I love this fun little movie. It has more language than I remembered when I saw the first time, so just beware if watching with the family.Published 2 months ago by Aly s