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Best Laid Plans

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Alessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon, ...

Best Laid Plans

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
92 minutes
performer:
Alessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon
director:
Mike Barker
distributor:
Fox Home Video
author:
Ted Griffin
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an F

Best Laid Plans, an inept low-budget thriller about a double cross gone wrong, never musters the cleverness to let us imagine what the plan might have looked like had it actually gone right. The movie starts off with a couple of callow twentysomethings (Alessandro Nivola and Josh Brolin) getting sloshed in a bar. A young-looking vixen (Reese Witherspoon) wanders in, goes home with the more annoying of the two, and lures him into trouble.

But it’s all a big scam, one that seems to have been engineered mostly so the film can serve up a tepid whiff of exploitation (Reese Witherspoon as jailbait! Gagged and bound!) amid its slipshod attempts at intrigue. The title pun — yes, it means exactly what you think — is a fair indication of the movie’s puerile deviousness.

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