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The Ladykillers

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Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, ...
The Ladykillers: Melinda Sue Gordon

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:
4534, 6258
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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