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Comedy - General

What’s the Worst That Can Happen (2001)

Duration1h 34m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: PG-13, Spain: 13 
Source of storyA novel by Donald E. Westlake
DirectorSam Weisman
Writers/ScriptMatthew Chapman
StarringMartin Lawrence, Danny DeVito, John Leguizamo, Glenne Headly, Carmen Ejogo, Nora Dunn, William Fichtner
RatingsIMDb: 5.5 by 15250 people.  Rotten Tomatoes:10% by 98 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Kevin Caffery is a burglar who uses his skill to recover a painting for Amber Belhaven, resulting in them becoming a couple. She gives him a diamond studded ring, but when he and Berger, his friend are burgling the home of Max Fairbanks, a media tycoon, Max catches Kevin and as well as getting his stuff back, steals the ring. Kevin escapes from police custody and starts a campaign against Max, who has a number of hangers-on, wife,  a psychic assistant and a girlfriend. Kevin and Berger get a computer wiz to hack into their quarry’s emails. The Boston police put a weird detective on the case, and Max appears before a senate committee. How can it all pan out?

Content: No sex or nudity and just a bit of drinking and smoking. Kevin and Berger spend a lot of time creeping about in Max’s various homes. Kevin escapes from the police and it seems, they don’t bother to try to catch him again. Max smokes cigars and consults his wife and his psychic who turns up Tarot cards. He is also seen in his private jet and at a senate committee, where possibly the only joke which might make you smile takes place, the guys doing the sign language interpreting his obscenities. 

A View: This is quite a complex plot based on an incredibly weak premise, the theft and attempts to recover a diamond encrusted ring. It cost a lot $60 million, probably the star’s wages and got nowhere near recovering its production cost. The title gave the critics an opportunity for fun the best answer being “A sequel!”

It is not even a film which you could have on while doing something else, because it is incomprehensible, so you would be unlikely to understand what’s happening. So this is a Danny DeVito film you can afford to miss. Try “The War of the Roses” instead.

Additional Info:  I always search about for something interesting to say about the film I have reviewed. For the first time I have been unable to find anything!

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