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Life of Crime

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Barry Wetcher

Life of Crime

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
94 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/29/14
performer:
Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Tim Robbins
director:
Daniel Schechter
distributor:
Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C-

There have been good Elmore Leonard adaptations and bad ones. But this interpretation of his 1978 novel The Switch may be the worst of the bunch. yasiin bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) and John Hawkes play small-time crooks who kidnap a rich Detroit housewife (Jennifer Aniston) and put the squeeze on her no-good husband (Tim Robbins) for $1 million. They’re inept, but not nearly as inept as Daniel Schecter’s lifeless script and direction. In fact, the only mystery in this limp caper is why Aniston took such a meh role. At least the kitschy, ’70s-era details provide some distraction. (Also on VOD) C-

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