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Life Of Crime

Life Of Crime

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Directed by : Daniel Schechter

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When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Wil...more


“Witty, amusing and filled with enough plot twists to keep you hooked, Life Of Crime could have been truly awesome had the talented star cast been fully utilized. One time watch!”

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Jennifer Aniston

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Needs to Liven Up a Little

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Technically 'Life of Crime' based on novelist Elmore Leonard's book 'Switch' is sort of a prequel to Tarantino's 1997 Elmore adaptation, 'Jackie Brown' with two same characters across both movies. Dial down the narrative's zip by thirty percent or so and cut out much of the snarky dialogue from the earlier version and you might find the similarities; which only goes further to prove the chasm that exists between a Tarantino movie and the work of his peers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston) is a middle aged socialite who has little to look forward to in her boring life. Her son is experiencing teen angst, her husband, Frank (Tim Robbins) is an alcoholic who shows her scant respect and is also seeing a younger woman, Melanie (Isla Fisher) behind her back. However her life takes turn for the worse when she's kidnapped by two low-life thugs, Ordell (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkins). When the call for the ransom is made to her husband, little do the bumbling duo, know that they have handed an ideal situation to Frank on a platter. Frank has already started the process to divorce Mickey so he can stay with Melanie and now feels no urge to pay the ransom. Ordell and Louis now have a captive on their hands who might know their true identities and don't know what to do with her. Throw into the mix a bumbling wannabe suburban Casanova, Marshall (Will Forte), who's trying to hit on Mickey but finds himself caught in a web of lies tied to her kidnapping. Who walks away with what is the crux of the tale.

The movie's languid pace and intermittent humour hide an otherwise smart tale that could have done with a lot of zing to the proceedings. There's the 70s style setting complete with a decent soundtrack and some good acting but it fails to create the requisite atmosphere. A few good one-liners here and there along with a few hilarious yet subtle moments of humour liven up the proceedings but overall the movie seems to be moving along a very monotonous path.

Life of Crime is not a bad movie at all, it's just not a very good one, highly mediocre with some good performances it might hold your attention for a single viewing.

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