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Monday, May 28, 2012

Bandits by Barry Levinson, 2001 (PG-13)

with Bruce Willis (Looper, Surrogates, RED), Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood, Hanna), Troy Garity, January Jones (X-Men: First Class), Rocky LaRochelle, Jaye K. Danford

Two bank robbers, charming Joseph (Bruce Willis) and neurotic Terry (Billy Bob Thornton), battle over the affections of Kate (Cate Blanchett), a housewife they kidnapped before one of their big heists in this quirky love triangle from director Barry Levinson. Gaining notoriety as the "Sleepover Bandits," the partners then force a reality TV show host to cover their 15 minutes of fame while they go on a crime spree -- Kate in tow.

I have been thinking about this movie for a while, I can still recall seeing Cate Blanchett's performance in the car of Total Eclipse of the Heart. It was amazing, reckless, funny and shameless. Then I couldn't remember what made this movie unusual, except perhaps a weird trio, with seemingly incompetent crew, absorbed stuntman by the cowgirl in pink boots and a twist in the story. The plot is good, it is really funny, Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton are a great duet. It hasn't aged, I just watched it again, it really works. I recommend. Plus it is from the amazing director of "Sleepers", "You Don't Know Jack", "Sphere"...


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