Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Michael Caine and Steve Martin are a couple of con men on the French Riviera. Also starring Glenne Headly, directed by Frank Oz.

Michael Caine lost a lot of credibility in the eighties for doing all kinds of crap movies, but between the films taken for the paycheck he did some good work, like this film. It has a classy direction by Oz and a good script. Both Caine and Martin are very good. The film is possibly a bit off balance, the way the early scenes with Martin as the idiot brother, «not mother?», are really funny, and then the rest of the film doesn't quite reach those same heights. Also, a little nitpick: They couldn't find a French actor for the Inspector role, instead getting an English actor who's faking a French accent?

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