April 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Money for Nothing

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
John Cusack, Michael Madsen, Benicio Del Toro, Debi Mazar
director
Ramon Menendez
Genre
Comedy, Action Adventure

For no reason he can figure, adman Josh Redmont has been receiving checks for $1,000 in the mail, one per month from ”United States Agent,” for seven years. One day, a stranger walks up to him and says, ”You are now active.” Guileless, almost-innocent Josh (he has kept the dough, after all) is abruptly plunged into a plot to assassinate a visiting foreign dignitary. Money for Nothing shows the versatile thriller master Westlake in medium-farce mode: perfect-pitch dialogue rendering a silly plot credible, plus a climax featuring a tall, naked woman escaping on a golf cart. Someone comments that she won’t get far. His colleague murmurs: ”You just mean on a golf cart. Naked, she actually might get pretty far.”

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