Film Review – SMALL TIME CROOKS

Small Time Crooks (2000; USA; Technicolor; 94m) ∗∗∗½ d. Woody Allen; w. Woody Allen; ph. Fei Zhao.  Cast: Woody Allen, Tracey Ullman, Michael Rapaport, Tony Darrow, Jon Lovitz, Elaine May, Elaine Stritch, Hugh Grant, George Grizzard, Brian McConnachie, Sam Josepher, Carolyn Saxon, Lawrence Howard Levy, Julie Lund, Maurice Sonnenberg. A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job’s cover business becomes a spectacular success. The first half of this movie sees Allen in top form with his bumbling team of bank robbers and sparring amusingly with the excellent Ullman as his cookie baking wife. Then there is a shift in gear and tone as Allen’s tale becomes more concerned in its message that class cannot be bought or stolen. Ultimately uneven, but with moments of great comedy. [PG]

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