August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Safe Men

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
88 minutes
performer
Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Ruffalo
director
John Hamburg
distributor
October Films
author
John Hamburg
We gave it a C

In this genially frowsy safecracking farce, Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn, talented space-cadet actors who are in dire need of a straight man, play Sam and Eddie, a pair of no-talent lounge singers who are mistaken for master thieves. Writer-director John Hamburg appears to be trying for a Coen brothers comedy without the narrative aggression or knowing pyrotechnical pizzazz. All that’s left, really, is the flakiness. C

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