The Ladykillers: Melinda Sue Gordon
Jeff Labrecque
September 10, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Ladykillers (Movie - 2004)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/26/04
performer
Tom Hanks, Greg Grunberg, Ryan Hurst, Irma P. Hall, J.K. Simmons, Marlon Wayans
director
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
distributor
Touchstone Pictures
author
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Watching Tom Hanks in the eccentric remake The Ladykillers is akin to watching community theater, where part of the thrill is seeing your third-grade teacher or mailman pretend to be someone he’s not. Don’t get me wrong: Hanks is a hoot as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III, Ph.D., the conniving Southern professor determined to orchestrate the heist of all heists. The two-time Oscar winner dresses like a 19th-century Tom Wolfe and giggles like a Looney Toon, but the best part is being aware throughout that it’s Tom Hanks behind that devilish goatee. While even a remake is bound to have an original slant in the hands of the Coens, the brothers play this one relatively safe, exercising their proven formula of quirky characters and a thematic soundtrack.

EXTRAS The paltry selection lacks commentary or a making-of doc, but gospel performances might interest aficionados.

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