June 25, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Simple Plan

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
12/11/98
performer
Bridget Fonda, Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton
director
Sam Raimi
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Scott B. Smith
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama
We gave it a B+

One snowy day in the depressed Midwest, Paxton’s family man, Thornton’s sweet half-wit, and Brent Briscoe’s loudmouthed glutton find $4.4 million in a wrecked plane, then fearfully struggle over what to do with it. Once director Sam Raimi and writer Scott B. Smith have assembled their pressure cooker in the opening acts of A Simple Plan, they serve pop thrills par excellence. The little lives of these characters steadily unravel as the need, hope, and dread in their guts knot up into big balls of greed. Costarring Fonda as Paxton’s wife, a Lady Macbeth with bangs and a baby. B+

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