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Small Time Crooks

Year: 2000
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen, Tracey Ullman, Michael Rapaport, John Lovitz
Not Woody Allen's best effort, although there are plenty of laugh out loud moments. Instead of zeroing in on wider (and typical) human folly like sex, marriage or other relations, he goes a bit further to put his characters in an odd situation. Being Woody Allen though, he brings the best out of every actor he works with and the Allen comedy style is the main focus.

A group of idiots decide to lease an empty shop in order to tunnel underground to rob a bank - before they can get it right, the shop is so successful it turns into a multinational corporation. It turns into a bit of a fable about not letting money change you as Ray (Allen) wants his old life back - of pizzas, heists, poker and his buddies. His wife Frenchy (Ullman), an ex stripper, wants to rise above her circumstances and become a socialite. The friction causes all sorts of trouble between them and a great supporting cast before a fairly Disney ending ensues.

Maybe with Allen aging and getting sentimental he's losing the razor sharp wit that's served him well throughout his career, but plenty of laughs at the expense of the all-American moron are to be had.

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